Can car park be saved? Residents urged to give their feedback

Highfield Road Car Park in Fakenham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Highfield Road Car Park in Fakenham. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

People in Fakenham are being urged to give their views about the possible loss of one of the town's car parks.

Outgoing Fakenham mayor Adrian Vertigan. Picture: Ian Burt

Outgoing Fakenham mayor Adrian Vertigan. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

We have reported how North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has confirmed eight homes could be built on the town's Highfield Road car park.

It is an option being considered by NNDC, which is looking to cash in on some of its assets as it bids to plug a funding gap of £1.3m over the next three years due to cuts from central government.

The district council is looking to avoid having to cut services and increase council tax.

A public consultation is currently ongoing.

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Strong feelings have been expressed in Fakenham over the proposals.

Now Fakenham Town Council has formulated a questionnaire concerning the current use of the car park.

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This will provide evidence to present to NNDC as part of the town council's consultation feedback.

Outgoing Fakenham mayor Adrian Vertigan said: 'Although I am coming to the end of my tenure, I am determined that one of my final acts as mayor is to see that the people of Fakenham have the opportunity to express their views on this matter.

'I urge everyone to take part in this survey and within the time frame given.'

Over the next weeks, up to May 26, this questionnaire will be available on the Fakenham Town Council's website -

It will also be available in paper form at the town council offices, on Oak Street; the Tourist Information Centre at Sweets 'n' Things in Fakenham Market Place; Fakenham Library and the Salvation Army shop, on Oak Street, amongst other locations.

Check the town council's website for a full list.

In addition, town councillors will be on hand with copies of the questionnaire in the town during the next three market days, that is May 11, May 18 and May 25.

Mr Vertigan said: 'There has been a lot of strong feeling in Fakenham about this. We now need the facts and figures on use of the car park and to see if there is the will and the need to save it from closure.'

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