Work to start on resurfacing Fakenham car park after sale U-turn
Work to upgrade a town car park, which was threatened with being sold off less than a year ago, is due to begin today.
Around £80,000 is being spent on the project to surface the Highfield Road site in Fakenham, which council officials say will provide a better facility for the public.
But motorists will be footing the bill for it in the end, as they will have to pay to park there for the first time once the scheme is completed.
North Norfolk District Council, which owns the site, had wanted to sell it off last year to make way for a development of housing for the over-55s.
They argued thatretaining it as it was could not be sustained and selling it would be the best use for the community in the context of the gradual phasing out of central government grants to local authorities.
But that provoked fierce opposition from residents and community leaders, who insisted the car park was still needed because of the level of existing housing development in the town, leading to an eventual U-turn.
The new project is expected to take around eight weeks to complete.
A council spokesman said: “The car park is currently unsurfaced, so the end result will be a much-improved facility.
“As well as the resurfacing, the work will include new signs and a barrier at the entrance.
“There will be more than 70 spaces plus five disabled spaces.”
Once the work is completed, charges will be introduced to the car park, which has been free to use until now.
The council says the charges will bring the site into line with other locations in the district.
Under the council’s standard charges regime, which will apply at Highfield Road,drivers have to pay £1 for their first two hours, plus 70 pence for every subsequent hour.