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Downham Market traders report boost in trade after parking fees introduced to car park

Downham car park just behind Iceland that has recently become a pay and display. In the past this has been a free car park and was almost impossible to find a car parking space.. ANL-140513-085306009

Downham car park just behind Iceland that has recently become a pay and display. In the past this has been a free car park and was almost impossible to find a car parking space.. ANL-140513-085306009

Some Downham shops are reporting a boost in trade after parking charges were introduced to a town centre car park.

Napier Parking began to charge motorists for using the Wales Court car park on April 26.

People working near the shopping centre have reported a steady turnover of cars and a rise in trade.

Owner of Lewks, Lawrence Welham, has seen a small rise in trade over the last month.

He said: “There has been a much bigger turnover of cars in the car park and people walking by the shops.

“Most of the customers are quite pleased and they don’t mind paying a quid for two hours.”

Simon Prior, a member of Downham Town Team, a business action group, also says the car park is busier.

But he added: “The knock-on effect is other car parks are filling up. The Hollies has been very full. It has pushed the problem somewhere else.”

Mr Prior is also trying to resolve problems with on street parking, the Bridge Street bus stop and planning policies.

 

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