December 9 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A hotel at Norwich airport is trying to prevent non-customers from clogging its car park by installing a new Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system.
The Holiday Inn in Cromer Road has called in specialist car park management company Creative Parking to install the ANPR system after finding spaces in its car park were being taken by people going to the nearby airport, but not using any of the hotel’s facilities.
The aim of the new system is to stop non-hotel guests from misusing the car park and ensure there were sufficient spaces for customers.
The hotel can provide parking for up to 300 vehicles and as well as offering accommodation for staying guests, also provides facilities for meetings and conferences for up to 500 delegates, as well as an onsite members health and fitness centre.
But a spokesman for Creative Parking said: “The management personnel at The Holiday Inn hotel were keen to uphold the needs of their guests and members but also ensure their car park was being used for the right purpose to ensure maximum availability. “The hotel simply doesn’t have the capacity to allow non-guests to use their car park. Our operations and surveying teams have worked together to devise a parking system which everyone will benefit from.”
To tackle the problem, yet continue to provide a free service to hotel guests, business delegates and gym users, Creative Parking has provided a solution by installing an ANPR system to monitor the car park.
Under the new ANPR system, customers will now be asked to key in their car registration number into a touch-screen keypad located at the entrance to the hotel, gym and conference rooms, which will then entitle them to park for as long as they are using the hotel facilities,