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Swaffham car park time limit trial plan revealed

Parking time limits are set to be trialled in Swaffham in a move which officials claim could provide a boost to the town’s economy.

At present, there is no restriction on how long drivers can stay in the town’s car parks, which are also free to use.

But Breckland Council has now announced that two-hour limits will be introduced at three sites - the Market Place, Pedders and Pit Lane car parks later this month.

The move follows an approach from the town council and a public consultation last year, amid a long-running debate over how its car parks should best be run to ensure a steady flow of visitors.

Paul Hewett, the district council’s cabinet member for corporate projects and assets, said: “This will be good news for local businesses and just one of the ways we are supporting our market towns to thrive.”

Under the restrictions, which are due to last for six months before being reviewed, drivers using the affected car parks will have to display a ticket and will face fines if they exceed the limits.

Work to install ticket machines is underway and the trial is expected to start later this month, although exact dates have still to be confirmed.

Arrangements for the other car parks in the town will not change during the trial period.

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