Sheringham traders call for district-wide car park ticket

Sheringham town centre.

Sheringham town centre. - Credit: James Bass © 2008

The saga over car parking in north Norfolk has taken a twist after a new idea was put forward to make it easier for tourists.

Sheringham Chamber of Trade has approached North Norfolk District Council to suggest a weekly pass for visitors to use at any council car park in the district.

The idea comes as the row rages on over NNDC's decision to add evening charges for car parking since April 1.

The change is set to remain in place this year, although the charges will be frozen, and opponents are calling for a full review to assess any impact on visitor numbers for town centres.

Andy Bullen, chamber of trade secretary, said: 'We've put forward a suggestion for a weekly car park ticket for visitors to use anywhere in the north Norfolk district.

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'It's the same sort of concept as the Oyster card. It means visitors can buy one ticket, then spend the day in different towns in north Norfolk.'

Mr Bullen said the idea had emerged because of traders' experiences.

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He said: 'Traders often have people coming in who say 'I can't stay for lunch because my ticket is running out' It is frustrating. If they had one ticket, they could stay as long as they liked.'

Mr Bullen added: 'The tickets could be bought online before people visit, so it would be quite straightforward.'

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