Cromer

Sheringham and Cromer residents asked for views on car parking

Just Regional
Jan 12, 2015 3 mins read

People living or running businesses in Cromer and Sheringham are being asked for their views on parking in the two towns – whether they encounter problems, and what steps might be taken to make things better for local people, visitors and business.

Letters going out to 8,400 people ask whether they have any car parking problems at the moment, and whether they would support measures such as pay & display in the town centres and residents’ permit parking on residential streets.

As in most seaside and market towns, on-street parking near the town centres is generally short stay to ensure a turnover that benefits businesses and their customers.

Further out of the town centres, visitors looking for longer term parking can leave their cars on residential streets – avoiding car park charges, but making parking difficult for the people who live there.

Norfolk County Council would like to hear people’s views on the extent of these and other parking problems, and measures that the council could use to improve matters. There are no detailed proposals at this stage, and the letters stress that:

• There will be a further opportunity to comment when street by street proposals have been developed
and
• No measure will be introduced on a road or street unless there is local support.

Mick Castle, Chairman of the Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee, said: “I know there’s been some anxiety about this review, but properly managed parking can benefit everyone – ensuring the vitality of town centres, protecting residents’ parking, and keeping the streets safe and free flowing.

“On busy shopping streets with a mix of shops, cafes, salons and other businesses, pay and display can be a real benefit. In Sheringham and Cromer the initial free 30 or 45 minutes of parking would be retained, but you could choose to pay for more time – to have a meal, or a haircut for example. That’s not possible at the moment.

“As part of the review, we can also look to see whether we can safely do away with some yellow lines to provide more spaces, if that’s what local people want.

“For some residents, parking can become a problem during the summer season when visitors, who really should be using car parks, leave their cars on residential streets where there are no restrictions and no charges. Residents’ permit parking is a way of preventing this, although schemes have to pay for themselves. The annual charge per vehicle is usually around £40 – £130 for a business permit, so people need to consider whether this would be worthwhile for them. It will only be introduced on streets where most people are in support.”

The survey will run from Monday 12 January until 15 February, and people can respond online, or by filling in the questionnaire that accompanies the survey letter.

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