A review of street parking rules in Hunstanton could solve a problem that has hampered the resort for decades, its county councillor has claimed.
Residents and traders are being asked for their views on draft proposals which could see pay-and-display rules introduced on some streets in the town and others being restricted to residents with parking permits.
Officials say local people’s views will be considered before any decision to compile more detailed plans is made.
But, if the project does go ahead, drivers could have to pay to park on roads including Cliff Parade, Le Strange Terrace and St Edmund’s Terrace in the future.
Meanwhile, parking in areas such as St Edmund’s Avenue, Church Street, Greevegate and Seagate Road may be restricted to holders of new residents’ parking permits, which would cost £40 per year.
Richard Bird, who represents Hunstanton on both Norfolk County Council and West Norfolk Council, said: “Parking can be a real problem for our residents during the summer months.
“We want to welcome visitors to our town, but we have got to have sensible arrangements that encourage people to use car parks for longer stays and allow residents to park reasonably close to home.
“At the same time we need to make sure that businesses and shops benefit from time limited spaces.
“This review is an opportunity to solve a problem we have faced every summer for decades.”
A consultation exercise has been launched and Mr Bird will be attending an exhibition showing the possible reforms at the town hall on Monday, September 9, between 4 and 7pm.
Letters are also being sent out to homes and businesses and the consultation will run until September 16.
The ideas have been drawn up after a survey conducted by the county council earlier this year indicated that there was strong support for additional regulations.
The authority says it has worked with both the borough council and the Hunstanton town council on the proposals.
But Mr Bird said views expressed in the consultation would inform a decision on whether to draw up more detailed proposals in the future.
He added: “Nothing will be imposed on the town without further opportunities to comment.”