When residents in the ‘Old Town’ were deprived of free parking on South Quay, we were told that the places there were needed for visitors and to
help restaurant customers.
Ironic then, to read Martin Belton’s letter (Confusing and annoying, Lynn News, March 18) in which he says he had to leave the table midway through his meal in order to move his car because of the three-hour parking limit on
the quay which continues throughout the night. In the annals of ‘you couldn’t make it up’ county highways’ imposition of this limit will be high on the list.
It is difficult to conceive of a more ridiculous decision and one can only conclude that it is yet another example of county’s complete lack of knowledge of the town lying on its western borders – as well as a total failure to comprehend the basic tenets of commerce.
Since the parking measures were introduced the quay has been well-nigh empty – at 4pm on Friday (usually a busy time) there were at least 20 empty spaces patrolled by two disconsolate wardens.
Residents have been told a new scheme brief has been issued to the Highway Projects Team to review the evening/night charges and the extension of the permit zone. Residents will be consulted later this summer. The last consultation was so poorly handled that even the highways department agreed: “It is fair to say that there are lessons to be learnt around engaging with communities, which will be taken forward as this type of parking scheme is developed
further across the county.”
Sally Turff, Queen Street, Lynn