Clearer signs at Whitlingham Park aim to stop car park confusion

Whitlingham visitors centre and car park where some users have been issued penalty fines by Parking Eye who enforce parking restrictions. Photo: Steve Adams Whitlingham visitors centre and car park where some users have been issued penalty fines by Parking Eye who enforce parking restrictions. Photo: Steve Adams

Thursday, July 17, 2014
10:07 AM

Confusion over parking at Whitlingham Country Park could end within a month as new clearer signs are planned for the beauty spot.

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The plans for 24-hour charges have also been scrapped amid worries it would cause more upset to visitors.

Hundreds of people have been left perplexed after visiting the popular broad near Norwich and ending up with a £60 fine – or £100 if it is not paid within 14 days.

Parking Eye was hired by the Broads Authority, who manages the park for Whitlingham Charitable Trust, to catch visitors on CCTV staying over the time they paid for.

But in the last year the private firm made £90,000 from fines – while the Trust made £100,000, which they use to maintain the broad.

It was decided a crunch meeting this week between the Broads Authority and the private firm that there will be clearer signs depicting what happens if visitors overstay the time they have paid for or if machines are out of order.

The new signs, expected to be in place within a month, will make it explicit that people can pay the extra cash if they return late to their car. It is only if people leave the car park without paying that a fine will be sent.

It comes as double yellow lines will be painted along Whitlingham Lane, leading to the park, as well as adding a maximum stay of two hours and no return within an hour, after people living in the area grew angry at the unofficial overflow car park outside their homes.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said the measures will be in place by the end of the year.

“We’ve consulted with residents, the local councillor and parish councils about extending the parking restrictions on Whitlingham Lane,” he said.

“This came about after people living in the area expressed concerns about the impact cars parking along the road were having, particularly relating to road safety.”

• What do you think of the parking situation? Email rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk

15 comments

  • Salhouse Broad does not charge to park. What is the difference?

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    Ross Patzelt

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Just make it free to park more people will visit then probably spend money In the shop.

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    Ross Patzelt

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Andy T - If you go to Whitlingham you would expect to see swans and they are unlikely to attack without provocation

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    JohnnyH

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • In response to A Fine City - I agree, just pay to park but it would help if the machines actually worked. Most places publicise their parking fees so you know how much it will cost before you arrive. This place keeps it well hidden

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    JohnnyH

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Does this broad not fall under the Broads Authority? If the parking was free, the cost of CCTV systems, posting and collecting fines and patrolling wouldn't need to be found, more people would visit our open space. The council seem to see this and other area's as their property to make money out of it from us. How much does it take to maintain a broad, not much I suspect. There I've emptied my head of thoughts on the subject, get your own.

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    parkeg1

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • @blister. Lot's of dog attacks are there? The swans are more dangerous! Not all dogs attack. Get a grip. Don't live in fear of mans best friend.

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    Andy T

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Interesting comment about ignoring the fineinvoice. An independent website states Parking Eye have been taking people through the small claims court since 2012 because people had wised up and ignored their invoicing letters.

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    NorwichAbs

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • "........the car park without paying that a fine will be sent." Cr*p. They cannot issue fines. Only the council or the police can issue fines. This is only an invoice. Do not pay it. there is nothing they can do about it. This is their address:- ParkingEye Limited PO Box 565 Chorley PR6 6HT They are not even man enough to put their proper address, just hiding through a P.O. box number.

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    "V"

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Just pay for your parking. What's so complicated? Put money in the machine. I do believe it's quite a common arrangement in car parks these days. Do people struggle to pay to park in Chapelfield? Are they confused that it's not free? Of course not. Stop trying it on.

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    a fine city

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Don't bother to go there.....

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    MIKEJ

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Double yellow lines everywhere, that'll look good! Sounds like a place to avoid...

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    marty r

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • The new signs are "EXPECTED to be in place within a month." That will be just before the end of August then & allow these con artists to make the most of this years busiest period before doing anything & that is IF they are in place within a month, not when. It should prove interesting to see how quick these signs are put in place & if it will be before the end of August & a busy bank holiday weekend. And is it not strange that nothing is said about parking enforcement between now & when the new signs are in place. Especially if it was a crunch meeting & not a could you do something at some point old chaps type meeting??

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    el84

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Another way to milk some money..... This is a low cost afternoon out for a lot of people. If they had just a couple of full time wardens instead of a massive team of staff who have a fleet of company vehicles they wouldn't need to raise so much money to keep it running.

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    JerrySeinfeld

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • There should be no road parking from the Trowse turn off to the entrance to the park or permit parking, selfish motorists block the road and make it single file just to avoid a small parking fee, they are happy to use the parks facilities but not contribute to its running costs. It would help if there was a ban on dogs as well, children and others could then use it without fear of attack or treading in dog mess which covers every path in the park

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    blister

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Just don't go there! Nothing concentrates the mind of these people like a shortfall in visitors,and a loss in revenue!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

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