Meeting plan to tackle Cromer traffic problems

Councillors are set to have another go at solving long-standing car parking problems that affect Cromer.

At Thursday's town council planning meeting, members said they wanted to call a public meeting to discuss the issues.

They are keen to look into removing some double yellow lines to free up more spaces for visitors - and stop people parking on residential streets.

They could even investigate whether it is possible to change the way traffic flows through the choked-up town.

The public meeting initiative came out a discussion about traffic on Overstrand Road.

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Earlier this year, while the road was being resurfaced and the double-yellow lines were removed, opportunistic drivers parked where the lines should have been.

They have since been put back, but some council members felt the extra space did its bit towards easing the parking problems at the east end on the town, which does not have a car park.

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Town clerk Julie Chance told members: 'A group of us walked round Cromer with county council highways officials because when Overstrand Road was being resurfaced, before the yellow lines were back cars were parking there.

'It was thought that it was alleviating some of the parking problems on the east side of the town.'

She added that Steve White from the county council had said putting in a single traffic order for the removal of yellow lines would cost �5,000 - and �2,000 for each subsequent order.

Mrs Chance said: 'It's going to be quite expensive. Highways are not going to pay for that, so it would have to come from elsewhere. We don't set our budget until October, and if we decided to put this in, we couldn't begin until next April.'

Town and district councillor Keith Johnson said: 'This is a very important subject that needs a lot of time spending on it.

'I wonder if there's an opportunity to look at the whole traffic management of Cromer. There was a lot of concern during the election campaign on the doorsteps at residents' parking.'

The committee agreed to arrange a meeting with various organisations to 'come up with some ideas', then to call a public meeting to debate it and to try to move it forward.

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