04/12/17: Time limits to be enforced at Swaffham car parks next year

4 December 2017

Time limits are to be enforced at car parks in and around Swaffham's town centre, Breckland Council has confirmed today. The new approach will make enforcement of on-street and off-street parking restrictions in the area more consistent.

Due to be introduced on a six-month trial basis next year, the two-hour waiting limits are expected to be enforced at Market Place Car Park, Peddars Car Park and Pit Lane Car Park.

The change will bring the Breckland Council-owned car parks in-line with nearby on-street parking limits, which are already enforced by Norfolk County Council - the body responsible for town centre roads.

Breckland has agreed to roll out the trial after being contacted by Swaffham Town Council earlier this year. Concerns were raised by the town council about how the current inconsistency in restrictions could cause confusion for drivers and that unrestricted parking is putting pressure on the availability of spaces in the town centre.

Cllr Paul Claussen, Breckland's Executive Member for Place, said: "After being contacted by the town council, we have agreed to trial enforced time limits at these car parks in the centre of Swaffham. We hope this will help to clarify parking restrictions in the area, while also freeing up spaces and encouraging more visitors to the town. As part of Breckland's Market Town Initiative, we are keen to work closely with our partners to address key issues for our towns and this new trial will feed into that programme."

Breckland Council has written to Swaffham Town Council to agree to trial restrictions in the car park and is now reviewing the restrictions and how they will be enforced. It is expected that the trial will be implemented around mid-2018 and further details will be announced in due course. Following the trial, Breckland Council will assess the impact and consider the next steps.

Today's announcement comes after Breckland Council confirmed it would be trialling car parking enforcement in Attleborough (announced in October). At the request of the town council, Breckland is currently working on plans to enforce time limits at Queens Square Car Park in the town. Breckland has no plans to roll out further trials in any other market towns.