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One hour free parking could be introduced to Downham Market

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 January 2016

Traders in Downham Market are not happy with the current parking situation in the town centre - Hollies Cark Park near Morrisons. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Traders in Downham Market are not happy with the current parking situation in the town centre - Hollies Cark Park near Morrisons. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Free parking for an hour has been revealed as one of the more favoured options to alleviate Downham Market’s packed-out car parks.

After that first free hour, a charge could then be introduced if visitors to the town would like to stay any longer.

This is among the proposals that will be presented to residents during a public consultation about the town’s car parks, to be held later this month.

Town clerk Jean Markwell: “As part of the Town Council developing its Car Park Management Strategy to address the current parking issues within the town centre; a crucial part is engaging and consulting with our residents and local community on the proposals.

“Accordingly, we would encourage attendance to our consultation event where presentations will be made on the strategy and representatives available to discuss any queries.”

The public consultation event will be held on Monday, January 18 in Downham Market Town Hall between 3pm and 7pm. On the hour, there will be a short presentation about the proposals with the last one to be held at 6pm.

Residents will also have the chance to speak to town council representatives and complete a questionnaire outlining their views on the issue.

Increasing concerns about car parking in the town has been fuelled by population growth and an increase in commuters parking in car parks to use the direct train line to Cambridge and London.

The town council commissioned an assessment by specialist consultants Alpha Parking in the situation which found that the car parks were either full, or at 95pc capacity.

It also said that without significant capital investment, some form of charging would have to be introduced.

- Do you think introduce the charges is the best approach? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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