Permit proposals welcomed by King’s Lynn residents

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Proposals to revamp parking in an area of Lynn town centre have been met with a positive response from both residents and businesses.

Parking permits are set to be introduced in both Portland and Waterloo Street from mid-autumn.

The scheme will also include residents who live on Railway and Blackfriars Road where they adjoin Portland Street and Waterloo Street.

But it won’t include those on the west side of Railway Road and the east and south side of Blackfriars Road.

The public hope the permits will bring an end to the parking chaos which has got progressively worse since the start of this year.

Leighanne Pritchard, manager of Portland Street Residential Home, said: “When the road was closed we had everyone parking down here.

“We’ve got such a short amount of space and we have a work van and just don’t have the facility to park here.”

Nicole Kennedy said: “Because we work here we need to be able to park here all day really, but it’s difficult when you’ve got shoppers parking down the street.

“We are constantly juggling and swapping cars around all of the time just so staff members can get a space.”

Dave Townly, who has lived in Portland Street for 15 years, said: “When I first moved down here it was brilliant, it was like a small community in town.

“Everytime somebody moves out all of the buildings are turned into flats, so car parking spaces are at a premium, really.

“At the moment I’m paying a large sum of money per year to park somewhere else in town.

“You get people who go on two weeks holiday, park their cars here and leave it until they get back, while others park their cars here and go shopping to Morrisons or Sainsbury’s.

A home owner in Waterloo Street, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Everybody is very pleased about the permit scheme.

“For years and years we’ve watched people who don’t live down here park up and go shopping or go to get a train.

“Until the permits are given there is no legal enforcement on this street whatsoever.

“This basically means that in the period between when they finished the roadworks and opened the street up to now, people have been parking where they like down here.”

Although welcoming the idea, the resident, who has lived in the street for 20 years, did voice some concerns.

“Yes it will remove the people who park here to go shopping or jump on trains, but there is still going to be over-demand against how many spaces might actually be available.

“If you buy a permit it might not necessarily mean that you get a space.

“The length of time it has taken to implement is also a concern.

“Had the permit scheme been up and running months ago when I think it was originally intended we wouldn’t have endured several months of chaos down here.”