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Cromer fireworks free parking bid rejected

PUBLISHED: 13:11 11 December 2012

2012 New Years Day fireworks at Cromer Pier.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

2012 New Years Day fireworks at Cromer Pier. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

A bid to see free parking on Cromer’s car parks for the New Year’s Day fireworks evening has been resoundingly rejected.

Cromer’s deputy mayor David Pritchard asked last month if North Norfolk District Council would consider the move to boost town centre trade during what is one of the town’s busiest and most popular events.

But NNDC was against the idea. And at Monday’s town council, one of its cabinet members, John Lee, said: “We have to draw the line somewhere.”

Earlier, Mr Pritchard said: “Obviously I’m disappointed with the reply. I don’t think it’s a fair decision. I think the cabinet failed to take into account a North Norfolk News poll, where 86pc of people who voted supported free parking on January 1.”

Mr Lee said: “It’s a tough decision to make, but at times we have to take tough decisions.

“I personally would like to see free parking on Remembrance Sunday, but if we do that, the next request will be for carnival day, then for the Crab and Lobster Festival.

“Unfortunately, we have to draw the line somewhere, and this is where we have drawn the line.”

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