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Blickling Estate plans for parking charges

Just Regional
Sep 28, 2016 2 mins read

Visitors to Blickling Estate who currently park for nothing in three free car parks may have to pay in the future.
The National Trust has submitted a planning application for new pay and display machines in the Fisherman’s, Woodgate and Bucks Common car parks, which are all dotted around the estate away from the hall. They are popular with dog walkers, runners and those who fish in the estate’s lake.

People already have to pay in the main car park near the hall and the project would extend the number of locations where visitors have to pay to four.

The application to Broadland District Council, which can be read online using the planning application number 20161485, also seeks to replace the two current pay and display machines in the main car park.

All five machines will be solar powered and able to take both cash and cards, while also featuring membership scanning facilities.

Trust members will not be charged for parking, but instead will be issued with a ‘zero charge’ ticket to display in their vehicles where a valid membership card has been scanned.

The application follows the launch of a nationwide project by the Trust to regularise its approach to charging for car parking.

The idea is to ensure consistency for visitors while raising funds to support the work required to upkeep car parks, footpaths and wider conservation to support nature.

The other benefit it will have to Blickling is that the registration of a member’s visit contributes to the amount of central funding available for the conservation work at an individual property. Under the current free parking arrangements at Blickling, a large amount of that central funding is lost as a result of members visiting the estate and proceeding into the parkland without scanning their membership cards.

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