Shoppers will be tempted to spend their cash in north Norfolk over the festive period with the bait of three hours free parking on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.

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North Norfolk District Council’s cabinet this morning agreed to the measure which will apply to all its car parks.

The suggestion was made to the council by Holt Chamber of Commerce as a way of boosting trade on Sundays.

Council leader Keith Johnson said he hoped it would encourage shoppers to explore the district’s seaside and market towns rather than heading for Norwich. Mr Johnson appealed to traders to take advantage of the move and open up on the four Sundays.

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  • About time it dawned on Yarmouth that there needs to be free parking. In town during the week the place was almost deserted but there was money enough to pay a warden to enforce 70p an hour parking charges. I don't relish paying extra on my council tax ot maintain car parks but something has got to give in order to keep trade in the towns.The EDL march in Norwich on Saturday seemed to boost the number of people shopping in Yarmouth-pity there are hardly any shops left to shop in!

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Couldn't agree more with the last 2 comments. My weekly visit to a town pub for post-club drink with about 12 others has stopped since the introduction of evening charges. Do the councils realise what negative impact they are causing for businesses? Crazy, short-sighted people!

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    AE

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • They have money for this but the ridiculous evening charges remain?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • What about the rest of the year? Or doesn't it matter if they go and shop in Norwich for the remaining 361 days?

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    Callum Ringer

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Whoopie-Do. Once again we have this cynical annual gesture to the traders in the North Norfolk area. Once again I remind people that the neighbouring Districts of Breckland and Broadland continue to offer free parking ALL YEAR ROUND. If only NNDC councillors would visit Dereham, Swaffham etc and see the huge difference that free parking has on the footfall in a town centre. They are intransigent on this topic. I visited both Swaffham & Dereham on Saturday and they were both bustling with shoppers - North Walsham was dead by comparison. NNDC car park fees have strangled the retail life out of our towns. To me it's a no-brainer ... what does that say about the NNDC cabinet?

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    Pete Bogg

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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