Letters: Martin Belton, March 18, 2016

King�"s Lynn South Quay closed on Sunday, for the work required to install the new parking meters. ANL-161001-154737009
King�"s Lynn South Quay closed on Sunday, for the work required to install the new parking meters. ANL-161001-154737009
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I am writing to highlight a most difficult, confusing and annoying experience I and several other people had recently trying to park on Lynn quayside.

It was the occasion of a birthday party at Marriotts Warehouse. The guests were invited to arrive at 6.30pm. At this time my party and I parked on the quayside behind the double white tramlines at the head of which was a parking meter. I consider myself to be reasonably intelligent but along with several other guests we were struggling to follow the instuctions. It appears that the first hour is free but if you want to stay longer, the most time you can buy is three hours in total including the ‘free’ hour. This should mean if I leave the restaurant before 9.30pm to top up I would avoid a fine. Wrong! This not the case because the machine tells us that there is no return in three hours. So, what does one do when you have probably had a few drinks and in the middle of a meal? Even if you have not had a drink, you still have to drive round town looking for another car park. Imagine if you were a stranger in the town. Elsewhere, parking after 6pm and before 8am is £1. Why not here? This crazy situation obviously does not help local traders and must be regularised to match other car parks in town. I understand this car park is administered by Norfolk County Council and not the borough. If anyone else feels this strongly please contact NCC by email at information@norfolk.gov.uk to express your views. One answer to avoid this situation is to have free parking at all times. The loss of revenue could be picked up by local businesses, shops, offices and fast food outlets etc who afterall are the main beneficiaries of the much maligned motorists who come in to town. An adjustment to the business rates would ensure easy and cost effective collection. Food for thought. Despite the aforementioned aggravation Marriotts Warehouse looked after us extremely well.

Martin Belton, West Acre