Wheel clamp warning to Purfleet parkers

Drivers who park on the banks of King's Lynn's historic Purfleet face being wheel clamped from Monday.West Norfolk council said residents, Lynn Civic Society and visitors to the Tourist Information Centre in the Custom House had complained about cars being left on the quayside.

Drivers who park on the banks of King's Lynn's historic Purfleet face being wheel clamped from Monday.

West Norfolk council said residents, Lynn Civic Society and visitors to the Tourist Information Centre in the Custom House had complained about cars being left on the quayside.

The council also wants to ensure the area is kept clear for next week's Captain Vancouver Festival.

Council leader Nick Daubney said: "Over the years we have tried to keep the area clear of cars. It was restored to make the most of the Customs House and waterfront as a visitor attraction. Parked cars spoil the look of the area and impair access to the statue"

"We have explored all our options and this is the only action available to us."

Businesses in the area have been advised of this action so that they can inform their staff and customers to use nearby car parks in the town and avoid being clamped.

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The area will be patrolled from Monday. Those who find the iron boot attached to their cars will not be fined, because the council does not have the right licence to charge for cars to be released.

But cars will be released when the parking attendants have time, rather than immediately drivers contact them, meaning anyone clamped could face a long wait to be released.

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