11/01/17: Feedback sought on parking time limit proposals
Following Cabinet approval of time restriction trials at some Breckland Council owned car parks in Attleborough and Swaffham, the council is calling on local people and partner organisations for feedback on the proposals. These restrictions aim to free up parking spaces in the town centre and make enforcement more consistent. The consultation opens today (11 January 2018) and will run to 29 January 2018.
It is proposed that, subject to consultation, two hour limits will be introduced in Market Place, Pedlars and Pit Lane car parks in Swaffham and Queen's Square car park in Attleborough for a six month trial period. The restrictions will apply between 8am - 6pm from Monday to Saturday inclusive, with no return within an hour. The period will be extended to three hours for disabled users, and places allocated for stall-holders will not be affected.
Cllr Paul Claussen, Breckland's Executive Member for Place, said: "These trials are part of a wider initiative to help our market towns develop and thrive. We are working closely with Town Councils and local businesses on a range of initiatives to help address the key issues they have identified and bring more people into the town centres."
The six-month trials were agreed in principle by Cabinet last year at the request of Attleborough and Swaffham Town Councils, who are concerned that the current lack of restrictions is putting pressure on available spaces, reducing turnover and discouraging visitors to the town centre. A further Cabinet decision on 2 January 2018, to amend car parking orders, was part of the formal process required prior to new restrictions being introduced.
Full details of the proposed new restrictions can be found at www.breckland.gov.uk/parking-orders-consultation, and comments should be sent to email@example.com.
If the trials are successful it is anticipated that Breckland will work with the Town Councils in Thetford, Dereham and Attleborough to identify whether trials could also be beneficial in these towns.