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

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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.”

3 comments

  • NNDC need all the money they can get hold of to pay for their pay and expenses.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Normal for Norfolk......Local Councillors blind to the needs of the community to generate growth......or is it just Greed for parking fees?

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • If free parking brings in bigger crowds for certain events, then the benefit to traders has to be considered in such hard times ... Flexibility is needed and to help generating more visitors is a NNDC priority ... Half full car parks and lower footfall through local shops is not a good idea in keeping shops open...and resulting less business tax revenue...! Some councillors need to rethink their motives as why they are a councillor, listening to locals is a good start....flexibility is the key .... When needs must in hard times...maybe try and Adapt to the situation... The Internet is closing small shops daily they need all the help they can get...empty shops give less local tax revenue..!

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    Lionel

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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