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Car parking charges return to King's Lynn and Hunstanton following free offer for key workers

Priority car parking in Lynn's town centre is being phased out by West Norfolk Council as more people return to work in the coming weeks.

Signage currently offering free parking on the Austin Fields East, and upper deck Vancouver Quarter (Sainsburys), in Lynn will be removed.

Likewise, the signage in Central Car Park in Hunstanton will also come down as charges are re-introduced from Wednesday (May, 20).

Parking charges are being re-introduced by West Norfolk Council from Wednesday, May 20
Parking charges are being re-introduced by West Norfolk Council from Wednesday, May 20

A phased approach to enforcement will take place to ensure those workers who have been parking for free have a chance to get their permits renewed or to see the message that charges now apply.

Anyone who had/has an existing permit will have any subsequent permit extended by however many days were/are left on their current permit.

The changes comes after the government eased lockdown restrictions and encouraged more employees to return to work in a safe manner last week.

West Norfolk council's cabinet member for commercial services, Paul Kunes, said: "We wanted to acknowledge and thank those people who had to continue coming into town for their work, when many others were at home during lockdown.

"Weprovided priority car parks where they could park free of charge.

"Now that more people are returning to the workplace with the easing of some of the lockdown measures, we have to return to previous parking arrangements."

Mr Kunes added:"We want to thank all those key workers for the amazing work they have done to keep people in West Norfolk served over the crucial first few weeks of this pandemic."

In its continued support of the Covid-19 response, the council is also accommodating, free of charge, up to 10 Royal Mail vans in its car parks.

These vans and staff have been drafted in to facilitate postal Covid-19 test kits. There is no room for them to park in the post office yard, but they need to be able to park nearby.

On-street parking restrictions still apply across Norfolk and will be enforced as necessary. Parking charges in all other car parks have remained in place throughout.

Those with permits should have emailed parkingpermits@west-norfolk.gov.uk to register their request including their registration number and the current permit number within the email.

When they have applied for their new permit they will need to email parkingpermits@west-norfolk.gov.uk with their new permit number along with their registration so that the new permit can be extended by the amount of days left on their old one.

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