Warning that parking problems could drive Sanders Coaches from Holt
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A bus company boss has warned that parking problems at its Holt headquarters could drive the business out of town.
Sanders Coaches managing director Charles Sanders has revealed the operator could have to move or cut services unless it can expand its Heath Drive base.
The company had hoped to buy a piece of land next to the depot and engineering works to create a more space for its bus and coach fleet and staff to park, but negotiations are believed to have stalled.
The neighbouring site forms part of a mixed-use development with planning permission for more than 200 homes.
Construction work starting next month to build a roundabout into the housing estate from the A148 Cromer Road is set to make the parking problems even worse according to Mr Sanders.
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'Many of our staff park on the road, which will now have to be kept clear for construction vehicles,' he said.
'We have more than 60 employees working here, who are mostly reliant on cars. More space is urgently need for our fleet of buses and coaches and employees to park.
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'We could get rid of vehicles and cut back services or find somewhere else to go.
'We are starting that search and weighing up our options.'
Mr Sanders added: 'Holt is one of the best served towns in the county for bus services and if we go the place will be the poorer for it.'
Sanders Coaches has been based in Holt since it was set up by Mr Sanders's father, Norman, in 1975.
Originally located in the town centre, the company moved to its current base 25 years ago. The business has expanded rapidly since then with a fleet of more than 50 buses and 32 coaches currently operating across north Norfolk. The company has a smaller depot in North Walsham and outstation in Fakenham.
Holt Mayor Duncan Baker said: 'We cannot force a deal, but are desperate for it to happen.'