Budgens fire: MP calls for free parking - and vows that the community will be ‘back stronger’

Aerial photos of Budgens in Holt on Sunday morning. Pictures: Nick Bryant

Aerial photos of Budgens in Holt on Sunday morning. Pictures: Nick Bryant - Credit: Archant

North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker has called for free parking following the devastating fire that destroyed Budgens of Holt and has vowed that the community will be “back stronger”.

North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker in parliament. Picture: Parliament TV

North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker in parliament. Picture: Parliament TV - Credit: Archant

It comes after a video conference involving local partners was held on Sunday, June 21 to discuss support for those involved.

Mr Baker, who worked for the family which owns Budgens and Bakers and Larners as part of the CT Baker Group, said: “For our town to lose a supermarket, Post Office, cash machine, and laundry facility in a single night will have far-reaching consequences not only for Holt’s residents, particularly those who have been shielding or self-isolating due to coronavirus, but on North Norfolk’s food suppliers and the wider area too.

“I have requested that North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) provides free car parking in the short term to help the local economy recover.

“We also discussed the need to provide ongoing support for Budgens staff; our support, if required, to CT Baker with Post Office provision; and to provide assistance for the self-isolating and most vulnerable with shopping supplies.”

Aerial photos of Budgens in Holt on Sunday morning. Pictures: Nick Bryant

Aerial photos of Budgens in Holt on Sunday morning. Pictures: Nick Bryant - Credit: Archant


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Mr Baker, who is also a district councillor for Holt, added: “For us to experience this loss so soon after the coronavirus crisis is truly devastating.

“But Holt is a strong, close-knit community and I am sure we can come through this, and emerge even stronger.”

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The video conference was convened by NNDC whose leader Sarah Butikofer said: “Firstly, my heart goes out to all those impacted by last night’s devastating fire, at a time when so many people were starting to look forward to a brighter summer the timing could not have been crueller.

A drone captures Budgens of Holt of fire Photo: O Birch

A drone captures Budgens of Holt of fire Photo: O Birch - Credit: Archant

“NNDC is already working with local partners to provide all the support we can to those impacted by events.”

MORE: Mayor and MP share devastation over fire at Budgens in HoltThe Kerridge Way store was reduced to ruins in a couple of hours on Saturday evening.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service incident commander Duncan Barrow said: “At its peak we had about 100 fire service personnel on scene. We had 12 fire appliances, two aerial ladder platforms, two water carriers, and the high volume pump unit from Thetford.”

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Aerial photos of Budgens in Holt on Sunday morning. Pictures: Nick Bryant

Aerial photos of Budgens in Holt on Sunday morning. Pictures: Nick Bryant - Credit: Archant

Aerial photos of Budgens in Holt on Sunday morning. Pictures: Nick Bryant

Aerial photos of Budgens in Holt on Sunday morning. Pictures: Nick Bryant - Credit: Archant

Sarah Butikofer. Picture: NNDC

Sarah Butikofer. Picture: NNDC - Credit: Archant

Aerial photos of Budgens in Holt on Sunday morning. Pictures: Nick Bryant

Aerial photos of Budgens in Holt on Sunday morning. Pictures: Nick Bryant - Credit: Archant

Fire fighters assess the building after the massive blaze Saturday evening <20.06.2020> at Budgens o

Fire fighters assess the building after the massive blaze Saturday evening <20.06.2020> at Budgens of Holt. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

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