08/08/19: Car park trial launch date announced for Swaffham

Time limits on some car parks in the centre of Swaffham are set to be introduced as part of a trial which aims to boost the town's economy.

From Monday, August 19th, drivers in Swaffham will be limited to parking for a maximum of two hours in Market Place, Pedlars and Pit Lane car parks. These Breckland Council-owned car parks will remain free to use for 2 hours with no return within 1 hour, but drivers will be required to display a ticket in their car and people who exceed the two hour limit will be liable to pay a fixed penalty notice. Theatre Street Car park is not involved in trial and remains free to use with no time restrictions.

Breckland Council agreed to introduce the enforced time limits on a trial basis after being approached by Swaffham Town Council. It is hoped that introducing maximum stays will make parking spaces more readily available and encourage more people into the town, providing a boost to local shops, cafes, and other businesses. It will also make parking in the town more consistent, as on-street parking in the nearby area already has time limit restrictions.

Cllr Paul Hewett, Breckland's Executive Member for Contracts and Assets, said: "After being contacted by the town council we agreed to introduce time limits at these car parks in a bid to release spaces throughout the day and encourage more people to visit and shop in the town. This will be good news for local businesses and just one of the ways we are supporting our market towns to thrive as part of our Market Towns Initiative. The new approach will be introduced on a six-month trial basis and we will be assessing the impact after that."

Last updated: 03/10/2019 13:20:10