‘Scrap free spaces in Hunstanton car park’, meeting told

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Free parking spaces in a Hunstanton car park are not being used sufficiently and should be scrapped, councillors have been told.

The spaces in the Valentine Road car park, which allow users to park free for up to 20 minutes, were only introduced last summer

But, during Friday’s town council meeting, mayor James Johnson said he had been approached by residents who felt they should be removed.

He said: “They have yet to see anyone using them. Maybe the borough should put them back to what they were before.”

Borough councillor Paul Beal said he did not believe there was enough pressure on parking provision to justify a review.

He said: “I think it’s a service for the town, but I will follow up how many tickets are being produced from that machine.”

However, another of the resort’s borough councillors, Richard Bird, pointed out that he had been critical of the provision when it was first introduced.

He said: “We have got 20 minute bays that not many people are using because it’s quite a trek to really get anywhere else.”

Six of the free spaces are currently offered at Valentine Road, following their introduction in July 2015.

Similar provision is currently offered at four sites in Lynn.