The saga over car parking in north Norfolk has taken a twist after a new idea was put forward to make it easier for tourists.

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Sheringham Chamber of Trade has approached North Norfolk District Council to suggest a weekly pass for visitors to use at any council car park in the district.

The idea comes as the row rages on over NNDC’s decision to add evening charges for car parking since April 1.

The change is set to remain in place this year, although the charges will be frozen, and opponents are calling for a full review to assess any impact on visitor numbers for town centres.

Andy Bullen, chamber of trade secretary, said: “We’ve put forward a suggestion for a weekly car park ticket for visitors to use anywhere in the north Norfolk district.

“It’s the same sort of concept as the Oyster card. It means visitors can buy one ticket, then spend the day in different towns in north Norfolk.”

Mr Bullen said the idea had emerged because of traders’ experiences.

He said: “Traders often have people coming in who say ‘I can’t stay for lunch because my ticket is running out’ It is frustrating. If they had one ticket, they could stay as long as they liked.”

Mr Bullen added: “The tickets could be bought online before people visit, so it would be quite straightforward.”

5 comments

  • NNDC do sell a weekly 24 hour a day car park season ticket, although not a short term weekly ticket. I use an annual ticket that allows you 3 hours at a time and you can then move on to another car park. I have to say it's been great value and its worth checking it out on their website, surprised me how few people seem to know about it though......

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    Steve S

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • What a good idea. In GY the tickets are not even valid for different car parks in the same town.70p an hour town centre. No wonder it is empty.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • What consultation have the Conservatives at North Norfolk District Council carried out over car park fees since it proposed a two-tier fees system in October 2011? Nothing as far as I can see. That's localism in action.

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    Jono

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • There are already tickets weekly etc that cover the whole of NNDC area. I use one and great value. Maybe the problem is that tourists are not told. Maybe they should be available at tourist offices and maybe local newsagents

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    weaversway

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • If 'localism' worked there would be no car parking charges in North Norfolk District period.

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    Walsham Boy

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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