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A full review of car-park charges will be carried out by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) at the end of the financial year next month.
NNDC leader Tom FitzPatrick announced on Monday that the review would include special requests from a number of parish and town councils for fees to be waived on particular days.
Mr FitzPatrick was speaking at Cromer Town Council following a plea by deputy mayor David Pritchard.
He wanted parking fees to be scrapped in the Runton Road car park on New Year’s Day to attract more visitors to Cromer’s annual fireworks display.
“This year £2,000 was taken in fees by North Norfolk District Council on New Year’s Day. That was hard-earned money which might otherwise have been donated by people putting it in the fireworks collection buckets,” said Mr Pritchard.
He said that waiving the fee would also save money as staff, earning bank holiday rates, would not be needed to patrol the car park.
“The argument always given is that it would set a precedent,” Mr Pritchard added. “Well I don’t really care about precedents. I care about the number of people it would bring in to see our display.”
Mr FitzPatrick said all requests would form part of the review but he warned: “Bear in mind that parking income keeps the district council’s tax at the level it’s at at the moment.”
Nearly 3,000 people have supported a Facebook campaign demanding safety improvements on the A47 near Dereham set up after the latest fatal crash.
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