Swaffham town council seeks talks to resolve car park troubles

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Swaffham’s town council is to seek talks over how the town’s parking rules are enforced amid some calls for charges to be introduced.

Although parking in the town’s car parks is currently free, motorists are restricted to a maximum of two hours at several sites, including the Market Place.

But critics claim the rule is not being properly enforced and some drivers are flouting it by parking all day.

A proposal to introduce charges following the free two-hour period was discussed at the latest town council meeting earlier this month.

But clerk Richard Bishop this week said the idea had not received universal support.

And businesswoman Kay Wells, who runs the Market Cross cafe in the Market Place, said that, while she was confident traders would also oppose the idea.

She said: “It is a problem. We do need the flow of people coming through the town.”

Officials employed by West Norfolk Council currently work to enforce on-street parking rules in Swaffham, but not the off-street regulations.

Mr Bishop said the town council was seeking a meeting with the borough council in a bid to find a solution to the problem in the Market Place car park.

He said all sides of the debate agreed that enforcement work needs to be brought under the control of a single authority.