Visitors to Holt face another car parking blow after a fee hike hits two of the town’s central sites.

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In the same week North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) increased its car parking charges, residents and visitors noticed an increase in parking fees at Budgens of Holt - from 70p to £1 per hour.

And from May 1 another fee of £2 per hour (for a maximum of three hours) is being introduced to the Bakers and Larners site which was previously free.

Managing director Michael Baker said the decision to increase the charges at Budgens was out of his hands as it is part of the terms of the original planning agreement with NNDC.

“It is important to emphasis though that all of our customers get free parking,” he added.

Customers at the moment can pay to stay on the site for a maximum of two hours and will receive the first hour back if they spend more than £5 in store.

A similar scheme will be introduced at the Bakers and Larners site to protect its customers following “abuse” of the site, according to Mr Baker.

He added: “We have in the town centre of Holt a 56 space car park and we have to pay rates on it. It’s in a prime position and it is being abused by a lot of people who are parking there to do their shopping in the town. We are putting a charge on to protect our own customers.

“At the moment our customers are suffering because our car park is full. We are trying to make life easier for all of our customers.”

7 comments

  • Bakers has had parking attendants before, how is "putting a charge on... protecting customers"? It's simply another car parking tax for Holt. When Mr Baker posed with Labour's car parking fees protest last month I assumed he recognised the value behind avoiding increases. Clearly not.

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    Jono

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • If you park for 3 hrs at Budgens it will cost you £3. Spend a fiver in there and youll get £1 back so your parking costs £2. Park at Larners and it'll cost you £6 for 3 hours. Presumably you'll get £2 back if you spend in there but how much will you have to spend?

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    samphirelover

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • They should put a surcharge on for large 4x4 vehicles and for weekend "home" owners.

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    NigelS

    Thursday, April 5, 2012

  • Mike Baker is of course within his rights to ask for a parking fee for customers to use Bakers and Larners car park in the future. I'm also sure that with the current problems experienced due to the severe lack of car parking in Holt that many people do abuse his free car park. However, the fee of £2 does seem to be a bit steep? Given that many legitimate customers now park there for free one wonders if they will now simply try to avoid such a charge by adding to the number of other drivers driving aimlessly around Holt waiting for a vacant car parking space to materialise? Will people now find the option of using what they save in car parking fees as enough reason to travel to the new Tesco's when it's built in Sheringham, or the one in Fakenham with its free car parking? Whilst that is unlikely given the affluence of Bakers & Larners customers it remains to be seen whether this is a good move on Mike's part or not?

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    Douglas McCoy

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • a no go zone for many i think.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • Mike Baker is of course within his rights to ask for a parking fee for customers to use Bakers and Larners car park in the future. I'm also sure that with the current problems experienced due to the severe lack of car parking in Holt that many people do abuse his free car park. However, the fee of £2 does seem to be a bit steep? Given that many legitimate customers now park there for free one wonders if they will now simply try to avoid such a charge by adding to the number of other drivers driving aimlessly around Holt waiting for a vacant car parking space to materialise? Will people now find the option of using what they save in car parking fees as enough reason to travel to the new Tesco's when it's built in Sheringham, or the one in Fakenham with its free car parking? Whilst that is unlikely given the affluence of Bakers & Larners customers it remains to be seen whether this is a good move on Mike's part or not?

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    Douglas McCoy

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • £1 per hour for the maximum of three hours at Budgens car park is pretty poor value for money? Poor value for money supermarket and poor value for money car parking. Thank you Mr. Baker!

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    Ben

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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