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Norfolk launches new Car-Free Day




Communities in West Norfolk are being invited to give up their cars for a day next month as part of a global effort to cut carbon emissions.

Norfolk's Car-Free Day has been scheduled for Sunday, September 20 and officials say fees normally charged for applications to temporarily close streets will be waived for events linked to the scheme.

The initiative aims to encourage the public to reduce the use of the cars and switch to more sustainable forms of travel.

Will roads and car parks be empty on Norfolk's first Car-Free Day?
Will roads and car parks be empty on Norfolk's first Car-Free Day?

Officials say one option for the day could be to promote Street Play, following the idea of a Bristol-based initiative which aims to allow youngsters to play safely outside their own fronts doors.

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for transport, said: “Lockdown has already given us a flavour what our streets can feel like with less traffic and that is exactly what Car-Free Day is about.

“It aligns with our shared aims to reduce air pollution and congestion on our roads, promote sustainable transport and encourage our communities to live active and healthy lives.

“Our plans have been somewhat scaled down this year with regard to Covid-19 but we still hope people will get behind the event.

"It’s certainly something we will be looking to build as we move towards a future of green transport and we will be waiving fees for all Street Play events moving forward.”

The announcement of the county-wide Car-Free Day follows an inaugural event in Norwich last year.

Further guidance on conditions and how to apply for a temporary street closure for the day is available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/carfreenorfolk. Applications must be submitted by August 28.

The authority also says that, given the current situation with coronavirus, any planned street events will need to be held in strict adherence with the latest government advice and may need to be cancelled should further restrictions be implemented.



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