Town councillors from Holt are keen to go ahead with plans to organise another car parking project for the town next year, despite it making only a small profit this summer.

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Temporary parking at Gresham’s Pre-prep School had been put in place to help raise money for community schemes at Holt but had not been as successful as hoped due to a lack of support from residents and traders, town councillors were told.

After expenses the total amount of profit made was £60, which will be split equally between Gresham’s School and Holt Town Council.

It was hoped that the project would have raised about £5,000 for the town, which would have been used to implement the Holt Vision blueprint to boost its vitality.

But councillors said this would not put them off doing a similar project in the future.

Maggie Prior believed it was “a very good project”.

She said: “We should do it again if given the chance. I think we could make more next year.”

Duncan Baker also agreed and added that although financially the project had not been a success, it had offered a good service for the town.

“Without the offer from Gresham’s we would not have done it and I hope we would work with them again,” he said.

“We are very grateful to Gresham’s and we will learn from it this year. Most people who used the car park were very appreciative.”

A total of 937 visitors used the temporary car park, off Church Street, with Tuesday consistently the busiest day, town councillors heard at last night’s town council meeting.

● The next town council meeting is on October 8 at 7pm at the Community Centre.

2 comments

  • A good interim initiative from Holt Town Council, but it's needed only because North Norfolk District Council apparently have needed at least ten years to get a new permanent car park approved and built; all the Olympic facilities were completed in under seven years. I guess NNDC have had to recruit former NASA staff, because the problem must have needed rocket science for its solution.

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    MJB

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • The Town Council made it quite clear from the outset that they didn't want the traders of Holt filling the spaces, and now complain of "lack of support from the traders." £2811 turnover with a profit of £60? Might I suggest that the car park initiative is managed by Michael Baker next year in order to prove to Holt Town Council that car parks can be run efficiently and profitably.

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    Tufty

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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