Extraordinary jams cause coastal chaos

Traders are raising concerns about traffic in Cley. Picture: MILES JERMY

Traders are raising concerns about traffic in Cley. Picture: MILES JERMY - Credit: Archant

It is famous for its windmill, nature reserve and pebble clad cottages - but the charming coastal village of Cley has also become increasingly well known for congestion.

Sarah Whittley who lives and works in Cley-Next-The-Sea, has published a new book of photographs dep

Sarah Whittley who lives and works in Cley-Next-The-Sea, has published a new book of photographs depicting the seasons on the Norfolk coast around Cley.Pcture: MARK BULLIMORE

Traffic often grinds to a halt in the holiday hotspot with vehicles attempting to squeeze past cars parked along the narrow High Street.

Now new signs have been put up to encourage visitors to use the free car park in the village in a bid to improve the situation.

There are currently no parking restrictions on the High Street, which forms part of the A149 north Norfolk coast road.

The parish council managed car park is next to the village hall, which hosts a pop up cafe throughout the summer.

Cley parish council is promoting the use of the village car park to cut congestion problems. PICTUR

Cley parish council is promoting the use of the village car park to cut congestion problems. PICTURE: MILES JERMY - Credit: Archant


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Councillor Michael Baker, who represents the area on Norfolk County Council, said: 'The village is trying to address the car parking situation and needs all the support it can get.

'North Norfolk District Council picked up well in excess of £2 million in car parking fees last year, but are not inclined to re-invest the money in better facilities. It is left to us locally to sort out which is most unfair.'

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Parish councillor Richard High described the parking situation in Cley as 'diabolical.'

He said: 'Cley is victim of its own success, a lot of holidaymakers know about the car park, but don't seem to bother about using it.'

However, a number of traders in the village said use of the car park had increased after the new signs were put up.

The Pinkfoot Gallery has produced a map of Cley showing the location of the car park and footpaths in the village.

Owner Sarah Whittley said: 'People have suggested a one way access or passing spaces, but I don't know if that is the answer.

'Visitors sometimes abandon cars in the most unbelievable places, one driver stopped right outside my door and we have had an ambulance stuck on the High Street.'

Louise Abbott, who runs Crabpot Books, said: 'There is very little off road parking and the traffic jams are extraordinary.

'When people do drive through the village you cannot blame them for just thinking that was where I got stuck in the awful traffic.'

North Norfolk District Council Cabinet member for assets John Rest, said: 'Car park charges are a way that visitors help to fund the very services they enjoy.

'At the end of the day we reinvest the income raised from car parking into local services and we want that to be across the district.'

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