New car park opens at Burnham Market

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Henry Bellingham ANL-150805-111717009

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Years of vehicles clogging up the streets of a popular coastal town will come to an end when a new car park is opened at the weekend.

Burnham Market has been suffering problems with tourists abandoning their cars, creating headaches for residents and the emergency services.

But a new 186-space car park in Foundry Field will be officially opened at noon tomorrow by MP Sir Henry Bellingham and parish council chairman Geof Hanley.

Developer Fleur Hill were given planning permission by West Norfolk Council in 2014 to create the car park along with 32 new homes and three retail units at the site. A former day centre was demolished to make way for an access into the site

The new car park is hoped to bring an end to the parking situation.

In the past, firefighters have been forced to move cars and on one occasion paramedics were unable to get a stretcher to a resident as a car had been left in front of the home.

Parish councillor Jane Murphy said the village had been waiting for 30 years for this.

She said: “The parking is unbelievable during holiday time in Burnham Market. It is impossible to get buses and emergency vehicles through. So by removing cars from the main thoroughfare it should ease a lot of problems.”