Presentation on Downham Market parking plans

Hollies Car Park at Downham Market GV's ANL-151028-195300009
Hollies Car Park at Downham Market GV's ANL-151028-195300009
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Traders and residents in Downham will be able to have their say on the future of car parking in the town.

Downham Town Council is giving a series of presentations on its plans to introduce a parking strategy during an open meeting on Monday, January 18.

This has become a major issue within the town with many of the car parks full or at 95 per cent capacity.

Councillors are now considering introducing a charge after a period of free parking along with asking Norfolk County Council to tidy up the on-street parking restrictions in the town.

Deputy clerk Richard Davidson is urging people to attend.

He said: “We really want people to come along. It is a consultation event to hear what people say.

“Within the next 18 months the council needs to find £42,000 to re-surface just one car park. Doing nothing is not an option.”

An open session will be held in the Town Hall on January 18 from 3pm to 7pm.

A short presentation explaining the proposals will be made at: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm. This will be followed by a chance to speak to councillors and to complete a questionnaire.

One of the people calling for action on the car parks is trader Peter Martin.

He said: “People should turn up and voice their opinion. If councillors gets their way they will kill the town by making fees too expensive. It should be 50p for three hours.

“I would happily give that back to people if they spend £5 in my shop. This Christmas has been really hard.”