Parking meters – plea to think again

Just Regional
Mar 8, 2016 2 mins read

A controversial plan to introduce on-street parking meters to Cromer and Sheringham should be stopped in its tracks.

Plans to bring in on-street parking have been suggested by Norfolk Parking Partnership, which is operated by Norfolk County Council.

A statement has been sent to officers of the Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee setting out the district council’s concerns.

John Rest, North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for assets said: “As Cabinet member I invited ward members in to talk through the county’s proposals; this is an issue of great concern to people in our district. At that meeting councillors were keen for all options to be explored to see if the costs of parking enforcement could be reduced or if parking could be enforced more locally.

“Our belief is that more time needs to be spent looking into the issue in far more detail and that if this approach had been adopted it would have given a full understanding of the options and opportunities.”

At that meeting councillors agreed to ask whether the Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee had fully explored all the options for reducing the costs of parking enforcement before looking to raise additional funds from putting in parking meters.

Judy Oliver, Cabinet Member for Legal Services and Ward Member for Sheringham South added: “Any changes to the present car parking enforcement scheme must be carefully considered, evidence based and rational. A scheme that does not meet those criteria would be vulnerable to challenge by way of judicial review. We are keen to establish a way forward that is reasonable, fair and effective and we will consider all options to achieve that result. If the present proposal is pushed through we will look to challenge it in court.”

Nigel Pearce, Ward Member for Suffield Park, Cromer, added: “It feels like the on-street parking proposals would be robbing the North Norfolk coast – taking money out of the area and they would not bring any benefit to our two seaside towns.”


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