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Frustration over “rat-run” North Walsham road

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 December 2012

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Frustrated residents of a “rat run” road in North Walsham are desperate for a solution to speeding and parking problems, town councillors heard this week.

Lime Tree Road residents were racking their brains to solve problems which had been going on for years but county councillor Paul Morse told Tuesday’s council meeting that there did not seem to be an answer acceptable to all.

Mr Morse recently met 10 residents to talk about the problems which included motorists tearing down the road, narrowed by parked cars, to reach the far end before an oncoming vehicle appeared.

Since most residents relied on on-street parking, they were also concerned about workers in the town parking for the day on Lime Tree Road, plus the loss of nearby parking land on Hall Lane now used by North Walsham Area Community Transport Association minibuses.

Staggered parking would curb speeders but reduce the number of spaces available and Norfolk County Council would not allow a residents’ parking permit scheme because it would be too expensive, said Mr Morse.

He added: “I have sympathy for them - but I don’t know the answer.”

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