16/12/19: New car park trial launch date announced for Attleborough
Time limits in one car park within the centre of Attleborough are set to be introduced as part of a trial which aims to boost the town's economy.
From mid-March 2020, drivers in Attleborough will be limited to parking for a maximum of three hours in Queens Square Car Park. The Breckland Council-owned car park will remain free to use for 3 hours with no return within 1 hour, but drivers will be required to display a ticket in their car and people who exceed the three hour limit will be liable to pay a fixed penalty notice. Blue badge holders will be eligible for 3 hours free stay. Edenside and Horse Pitt Car Parks will not be involved in trial and remain free to use with no time restrictions. The car parking trial will be in operation between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
The Queens Square car park trial and the 3 hour time limit were requested by Attleborough Town Council and 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 Tony Crouch, Attleborough Town Mayor commented "By introducing this car park trial we hope that this will help allow local people keen to shop in our high street easy access to car parking spaces. Attleborough has a wonderful array of independent shops and we feel confident that changes to the car parking access will help boost footfall and drive new business into the town for our local retailers".
Cllr Paul Hewett, Breckland's Executive Member for Contracts and Assets, said: "After being contacted by Attleborough town council we agreed to introduce time limits at this car park in a bid to release spaces throughout the day and encourage more people to visit and shop in the town. As part of the trial we have been very happy to accommodate a specific request by Attleborough Town Council to have a 3 hour maximum stay period introduced. We hope this will boost local businesses and is just one of the ways we are supporting our district to thrive as part of our Market Towns Initiative. A similar trial has been in operation in Swaffham and we are finding significant increase in shoppers using the free car parks. The new approach will be introduced on a six-month trial basis and we will be assessing the impact after that with our partners at Attleborough Town Council."
Last updated: 03/02/2020 16:16:15