Tougher traffic restrictions could be enforced to limit Norwich City supporters’ parking

Residents could seek traffic restrictions seven days a week to prevent football fans clogging up their streets, it is claimed.

Permit-parking operates between Monday and Saturday in areas across Norwich.

But a councillor says complaints emerged in the Cricket Ground Road area, Lakenham, after Norwich City's game with Wigan Athletic was moved to a Sunday.

Parking restrictions do not apply on Sundays and Sue Whitaker, Labour county councillor for Lakenham, said residents were 'up in arms' about not being able to park in the area.

The game at Carrow Road was broadcast on Sky Sports, sparking fears of more problems if future games are moved.


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Ms Whitaker asked what measures could be taken to restrict parking in residential permit areas near the football ground. This follows a successful trial of road closures near Carrow Road on match days to make it safer for supporters and members of the public.

Ms Whitaker told yesterday's full meeting of Norfolk County Council: 'Particularly given Sky determine when football matches take place, any parking restrictions only apply Monday to Saturday not Sunday.'

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Norwich City Council says restrictions in residential parking areas can be changed, but a consultation would be required as part of the process.

A spokesman said: 'It has not been highlighted as an issue or consideration.'

Robin Sainty, chairman of the Independent Norwich City Supporters' Club, said he sympathised with residents as he endured similar parking problems at his property near the hospital in King's Lynn.

And Mr Sainty said with the possible expansion of Carrow Road, the race to find parking space could become even harder.

He said: 'I think the fundamental issue is there's relatively limited parking close to the ground and that will get worse with the sell-off of the car park behind the Jarrold stand. I think another fact is the fees for parking at County Hall have gone up by 50pc.'

Have you been affected? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

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