Downham Town Council needs to find £80,000 for car parks

Parking consultation at Downham Market town hall about proposed charging in the town's carparks. ANL-160118-184459009

Parking consultation at Downham Market town hall about proposed charging in the town's carparks. ANL-160118-184459009

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Residents and traders in Downham were able to learn more about the future of car parking in the town.

Downham Town Council organised a presentation in the town hall on Monday to give more information on their proposals to deal with this problem.

Consultant Luke Harding outlined that unusually the town council fund and supplies the car parks while Norfolk County Council dealt with on-street parking.

He said the car parks cost the town council £80,000 a year, which is covered by council tax payers. He also said the car parks are 95 per cent full.

The council is considering introducing a parking charge with an element of free parking at the Hollies, Paradise Road and the Old Fire Station. Parking would be free in the evenings.

Mr Harding also told the hall that there had been an issue with commuters using the spaces.

He said the council could bring in a private operator to look after the car parks.

Speaking after the presentation he urged people to fill in the questionnaire.

He said: “The most important thing is people’s views.

“I would encourage people to fill in the questionnaire and they have until January 28 to get it back to the town council.”

John Batt, of Barroway Drove, said the presentation was not brilliant and lacked substance.

He said: “It seems to me to be probably an unsolvable problem. We need short-term visitors to a town like Downham an hour or two free is not a lot of time.”