Traffic flow set to improve in Sea Palling after car park improvements

People enjoying the sunshine on Sea Palling beach. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

People enjoying the sunshine on Sea Palling beach. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Car parking at a north Norfolk seaside resort is being improved in line with increased visitor numbers.

Work at North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) Clink Road car park in Sea Palling will include additional signs on the highway to help guide visitors to the 1,000 space site.

There will also be a new layout for coach parking for six to eight coaches, open all year round.

Work will also be carried out on the entrance and exit to the car park, and there will be a new secondary sign on Beach Road before the Clink Road turn.

Warning signs will be installed to help reduce cars going up to the ramp, which causes problems for beach-goers.

Kevin Matthews, chairman of Sea Palling Parish Council, said: 'We are very pleased that an upgrade of the car park is being undertaken. Provision for coaches to park there, plus improved signage are particularly welcome. Hopefully this will alleviate some of the parking issues we can experience in the busier times of the year at Sea Palling.'

The work, estimated to cost between £15,000 and £18,000, started on Monday, November 27, and will be carried out by Renosteel, based in North Walsham, after they successfully tendered for the contract.

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NNDC's leisure services team was asked to look into improving access to the beach and car park following concerns about traffic flow raised by ward councillor Richard Price.

Talks then took place with the parish council and Norfolk County Council's Highways to find out what additional work could be undertaken to improve infrastructure in and out of the resort.

In the new year the highways team will also be changing the road markings to encourage drivers to take the Clink Road turn to the car park.

The district council has already built toilets at the car park, and Mr Price said: 'The ever growing popularity of Sea Palling's fabulous Blue Flag beach for both locals and visitors needs good infrastructure to ensure that visits are happy events.

'I am very pleased that, in line with NNDC's policy of caring and listening to communities, these improvements are going ahead.'