New car park could cut Holt’s congestion problems

A new car park could help ease congestion in Holt town centre Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A new car park could help ease congestion in Holt town centre Picture: MARK BULLIMORE - Credit: Archant

A long-awaited new car park is set to ease traffic congestion in a busy town.

Holt town councillor Bryan Payne. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Holt town councillor Bryan Payne. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Work is expected to start on the 82-space public car park in Holt in the new year.

The £30,000 facility on Cley Road will reduce a shortage of spaces, blamed for driving business and visitors away from the town.

The town council-managed scheme is being funded through the development of more than 80 new homes.

The money had been put on hold earlier this year after planning approval was put on hold to allow more time for housebuilder Norfolk Homes to resolve drainage issues on the Cley Road site. The problems are now understood to have been addressed, allowing the money to be released.


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The car park, on the site of a former poultry farm, is designed to offset the loss of roadside parking resulting from the development. It is expected to provide a mixture of pay and display and permit parking. The town council currently manages a permit car park on Letheringsett Hill.

Plans for a 385-space car park in Holt were put on hold a year ago following fears that it would not pay its way.

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Officials at North Norfolk District Council, which would have managed the Thornage Road site, decided the scheme was a financial risk.

Holt town councillor Bryan Payne said: 'We have been waiting for a new car park for a long time; hopefully this will go some way to dealing with congestion issues.

'Roadside parking has caused a lot of congestion along Cley Road and has been a particular problem for people going to the cemetery.'

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