Short-term measure aimed to stop motorists parking on notorious Cromer ‘pinch point’ Mill Road

PUBLISHED: 12:27 10 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:53 10 April 2015

Keith Barker of Mill Road, Cromer who is unhappy about the amount of traffic on Mill Road and the hospital as cars park on both sides of the road around the site.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Keith Barker of Mill Road, Cromer who is unhappy about the amount of traffic on Mill Road and the hospital as cars park on both sides of the road around the site. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2015

A short-term measure to try and stop motorists parking on a notorious Cromer “pinch point” will be installed in the next six weeks.

Keith Barker of Mill Road, Cromer who is unhappy about the amount of traffic on Mill Road and the hospital as cars park on both sides of the road around the site.

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREKeith Barker of Mill Road, Cromer who is unhappy about the amount of traffic on Mill Road and the hospital as cars park on both sides of the road around the site. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Yellow zigzag lines will be painted on Mill Road, outside the town’s hospital, to stop patients and others from parking on the street, preventing motorists from travelling in both directions.

But, without an enforcement notice, the lines are advisory only, and have been criticised by a bus chief for not going far enough.

Charles Sanders, whose buses drop passengers at the Cromer Hospital stop on Mill Road 70 or 80 times a day, said he would like to see enforceable double-yellow lines.

He added: “If it helps a little bit, then good - but I would like to see something more permanent in future.”

Keith Barker of Mill Road, Cromer who is unhappy about the amount of traffic on Mill Road and the hospital as cars park on both sides of the road around the site.

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREKeith Barker of Mill Road, Cromer who is unhappy about the amount of traffic on Mill Road and the hospital as cars park on both sides of the road around the site. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

But Norfolk County Council, which is responsible for on-street parking, said the zigzag lines were effective.

A spokesman added: “If there is support for the county council to implement legally-enforceable zigzag markings we will review the situation.

“However, this can be a very lengthy and time-consuming process which can take around 12 months to complete.” Residents of Mill Road, which is home to the hospital and Suffield Park Infant, Nursery School and children’s centre, had complained of busy traffic, and cars parking on both sides of the road when people visit the hospital or pick up children.

Keith Barker, 73, who has lived on the road for more than 20 years with his wife, said: “The traffic is horrendous up here. We have handed in a petition. Everyone who lives up Mill Road wants double-yellow lines.”

Bus-company owner Mr Sanders said he had been campaigning for three years and if it had not been very important to drop people at the hospital, he would have stopped buses travelling up the road.

He said the fee-charging car park at the hospital meant people who visited for a short time would rather park on the street outside than pay for parking.

“There needs to be a sensible solution,” he added. “Near the hospital is a pinch point for buses when the road turns into a single-lane carriageway.”

Former bus driver Chris Richmond said: “I used to drive 12-and-a-half-metre double deckers up and down Mill Road up to six times a day for two years when I worked for Sanders Coaches.

“It was tight at the best of times, but when the school kicks out, it’s even worse.”

The council said the yellow lines, which inform motorists the area should not be used for parking and waiting, were a short-term solution as there was a possibility plans could develop for a new medical centre on Mill Road.

Hilary Cox, county councillor for Cromer, said: “We need to keep the buses going up that road. It is vitally important for the people who live up there.”

What do you think? Write (including your contact details) to The Letters Editor, North Norfolk News, 31 Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9ES or email nnn.letters@archant.co.uk

11 comments

  • I can't believe that everyone who lives up Mill Road wants double yellow lines, however, I'm sure they'd like to park near, or outside their own properties. Many of the hospital staff probably park on the road, outside and near to their work place, as do many, if not the majority, of the hundreds of out-patients attending for appointments every day, avoiding the charge for up to three hours, when in many cases an hour or less is ample time, maybe if the hospital was gaining from these charges, and were of a lower feeshorter time, drivers would be more likely to use the facility. Then there's the car-boot sales, even more traffic to contend with, theres no answer to this ongoing problem. Perhaps when the football club is relocated, and the proposed new medical centre is built, the remainder of the site could be utilised as car-park, both for the hospital and surgery visitors, at a very reasonable charge! We must remember not to hold our breath!

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    Sanjeev

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

  • If this is only "advisory" the council have wasted their money painting the lines. Unfortunately people take no notice of a polite request. Unfortunately if you make free parking in the hospital, as suggested, all it will do is encourage everybody to park, whether they are using the hospital or not.

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    weaversway

    Friday, April 10, 2015

  • Something does need to be done on Mill Road with regards to parking both sides, maybe parking on one side or to help with visitors to the hospital the hospital could bring in 30 mins free parking for hospital visitors as I think the minimum pay and display is 2 hours which I wouldn't want to pay if I knew my appointment would not take that long. This section of Mill Road is a nightmare to drive down in the day with people that seem to be unable to reverse their cars a short distance to allow people to pass which clogs up the whole road. I also think that by stopping all parking outside the hospital will impact on the adjoining roads such as Clare Road and Connaught Road. Connaught Road is a nightmare for parking at times due to families with numerous vehicles including vans and parents parking there whilst doing the school run which makes it difficult for people who live in the street to park and by stopping parking outside the hospital will make this a lot worse as visitors and staff of the hospital will be parking there instead. I think a change like this needs to be done along with the proposed permit parking in residential streets in order for people living in the street to still be able to park outside or very near to their homes, however this would also mean someone would need to check the vehicles for permits so as people not to be able to take advantage.

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    thesilverpj

    Friday, April 10, 2015

  • Make parking in the hosptial car park free - job done

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    Mylen1um

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • Residents of Mill Road and surrounding areas should also take notice of the consultation on future provision of sports facilities in Cromer. The proposal being to redevelop Cabbell Park with new doctors surgery and have a sports facility elsewhere.

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    Tim Adams

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • The problem with adding any new restrictions is that the problem will now be pushed to other nearby roads such as Salisbury, Connaught etc. Or to a greater extent than now as parking volumes are already a problem there. However the road does above all need to be safe. Problems exist on many roads in Cromer with multiple users. In this case we have residents, hospital users, customers for the Harmony Salon and stores along with the schools. None of these people are a problem, you all have a right to use the road! But there's no balance. County Hall should discuss parking arrangements with the NHS and come to us at the Town Council to help review and consult on the situation. Along with the wider review on parking happening.

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    Tim Adams

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • The EDP report gives the impression that Mr Barker (of Mill Road, Cromer x 3) is the only person who lives in the road, who cares or was available for a photo!!

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    Patrick

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • why did they take a picture of the only day the road was deserted and keithS if you live in cromer and go up that road you would understand how frustrating it is trying to get past parked vehicles with a bus bearing down on you and a lorry behind and nowhere to go so for once I agree bring on the double yellows get it sorted

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • I beg your pardon Gerry, it's a very valid point just it disagrees with yours which does not make it stupid thank you.

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    KeithS

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • stupid reply keiths, its the whole road not just the hospital, and wait till the carboot kicks off on the football ground.

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    gerry mitson

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • Live near a hospital and then moan about the traffic, he'll want ambulances banned next no doubt.

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    KeithS

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

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