It seems the council is determined to discourage a trip into the town centre. The latest addition to paid parking is now on the South Quay which means that, as far as I’m concerned, a quick meal or coffee at Marriott’s Warehouse is no longer worthwhile.
As for parking in Church Street, whoever decided that a charge of £3.90 for whatever period you want within 24 hours is reasonable needs to think again. A dirty, unkept area full of potholes (beware of puddles when it rains) – no security and machines that don’t give change, will only take selected coins and require your vehicle registration number – what a joke. Have you tried to read the machine display in the dark ? How about some lighting? Surely at the price paid to use the place that’s the least that can be done.
I suppose these are contributing factors as to why there are more and more boarded up, empty shops in the High Street. More like a “necropolis” than a bustling, vibrant shopping centre?
All in all it looks as though the council are promoting the Hardwick as the place to go, providing, of course, you can get in and out. Free parking, plenty of space and convenient for the shops. Well done councillors, you’re really making sure we stay away from the High Street.
Michael Hankinson, Goodwins Road, Lynn