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Downham Market's car park saga continues

PUBLISHED: 06:30 27 July 2016

The Hollies car park, Downham Market. Picture: Ian Burt

The Hollies car park, Downham Market. Picture: Ian Burt

The controversial saga of car parking charges possibly being introduced in Downham Market continues as the town council is preparing to call an extraordinary meeting to approve the next stage of the process.

Councillors have been further exploring the option of allowing visitors to have two free hours of parking in the town council run car parks – drivers who wish to stay longer would need to pay.

To make sure the process towards making a final decision continues over the summer break, the town’s property committee wants an extraordinary meeting because the next full council meeting will not be held until September.

Robin Pegg, who chairs the committee, said: “I just want to reassure those in the town that we are trying to do this as quickly as possible.

“But the task in hand is an important issue for our town and underneath the surface there are lots of fine details that need to be right.”

He added: “Whatever option is finally decided absolutely needs to be the right one.”

The town council has instructed the expertise of consultants Alpha Parking which has conducted studies into car parking provision and also organised a public consultation outlining potential changes.

But businessman Peter Martin, who runs Spoilt for Choice 2, in Bridge Street, says the process has already taken far too long.

He said: “Do these councillors really want empty shops and charity shops?

“That’s the direction Downham Market is heading in. They’re playing with people’s lives and our livelihoods, The town’s car parking issues need to be resolved.”

• Should car parking charges be introduced into Downham Market? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk or newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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