New pay parking meters designed to encourage more visitors to north Norfolk

The car park at Felbrigg Hall. Picture: NNDC

The car park at Felbrigg Hall. Picture: NNDC - Credit: NNDC

Plans have been submitted to install new pay parking meters at two of north Norfolk's best-known tourist attractions. And the applicants hope they will attract more visitors to the area.

New pay parking meters designed to encourage more visitors to north NorfolkElite LS parking terminal

New pay parking meters designed to encourage more visitors to north NorfolkElite LS parking terminal with cash and card payments. - Credit: METRIC Group

The National Trust has applied to North Norfolk District Council for planning permission for the developments at the car parks on its estates at Sheringham Park and Felbrigg Hall.

It explained the new meters - a mix of mains and solar powered - would replace the current pay and display machines and, for the first time, be able to accept card, as well as cash, payments.

In its application to the council, the Trust states: 'The proposed pay and display machines will in the longer term enhance visitors' experiences at Sheringham Park by offering an up to date service of card payments and member card scanning.

'Flexibility and ease of payment is hoped to encourage visitors to return, each time contributing to the important work undertaken by the National Trust is preserving this historic asset.'

The application follows the launch of a nationwide project by the National Trust to regularise its approach to charging for car parking, to support its conservation work and upkeep of car parks.

However, there is no indication whether there will be any increase in charges.

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The supporting statement continues: 'The proposed pay and display machines, to be provided by Metric Group Limited, will replace the existing machines on site. The new machines are intended, in the longer term, to facilitate cash and card payments representing an improvement on the current cash only model.

'Metric have been selected as the provider for this project due to the ability to adapt these machines to include a member card scanning facility.

'Members will be encouraged to scan their member cards at the pay and display machine which will issue a 'zero charge' ticket to be displayed in their vehicles.

'Data collected from scanned member cards will contribute to the ability of the National Trust to understand its members' choices, tailor experiences and market its special places most effectively.'

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