09:19 25 February 2022
The decision to increase parking fees in the towns has been described as a “disappointment”.
North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) confirmed at their February 23 meeting that a A majority of NNDC councilors voted to raise prices at around 30 of its car parks, including those in Cromer, Sheringham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Mundesley.
A proposed amendment was tabled by Christopher Cushing, Leader of the Opposition and councilor for Fakenham North ward, to maintain the cost of the current standard parking charge, which was defeated.
The increase will see the current standard rate go from £1 for the first two hours then 70 pence for each additional hour, to £1.20 for the first two hours, 80 pence for each additional hour.
Mr Cushing called the decision “disappointing”, saying the council should do all it can to support boroughs, such as Fakenham, North Walsham and Stalham.
However, Eric Seward, deputy chief of the NNDC, said this was the first parking fee increase since 2016 and car parks in the city remained among the cheapest in North Norfolk.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Cushing said: ‘I am disappointed that the Liberal Democrat administration has decided to raise the standard parking charges which affect Fakenham, North Walsham and Stalham.
“Towns in the interior of the North Norfolk district have not benefited much from the recent surge in tourism affecting coastal towns.
“I think the council should do everything possible to help businesses in our boroughs. Raising car parking fees does the exact opposite.
Mr Seward said: ‘This is the first increase in parking charges since 2016. Taking inflation into account, this brings the charges back in real terms to where they were in 2016.
“The modest increase in standard rates at our car parks in North Walsham, Stalham and Fakenham is consistent with what we are doing with other council car parks with coastal and resort rates.
“We treat these three towns the same as other places in North Norfolk.
“Our standard rate car parks remain the cheapest car parks in North Norfolk.”