Attleborough Car Park Trial: 21 March to 29 September 2022 (amended end date due to official mourning period)

As part of its Thriving Places programme, Breckland Council is working in partnership with the Attleborough Town Council to establish a new parking system for Attleborough's Queens Square car park. The aim of the trial is to help increase high street footfall and boost trade for local retailers.    

Starting on 21 March 2022, a new parking scheme will be offering a three-hour limited free parking service in Queens Square Car Park only. No other Breckland Council car parks in Attleborough will be affected. 

How will the trial operate on Queen's Square car park?

The six-month trial will see a three-hour time limit, with no return within one hour imposed between 08:00 and 18:00, Monday to Saturday, with allowances made for the market traders using the marked market trader bays on Thursdays.

How can I share my views on the trial?

Staff from the council will engage with those using the car parks and the businesses at points during the trial to help assess the impact. A decision will then be made whether to implement the trialed waiting times or not, depending on feedback received and the impact of the trial.

Update: This trial has allowed everyone time to adapt to this new parking system. We are now asking for feedback from residents and local businesses to examine how they feel about the recent changes.

We would like for residents and businesses to continue to provide informative feedback for the duration of the trial, especially towards the end. By then, some of the planned new initiatives will have taken effect. 

As part of the feedback process, residents and businesses are encouraged to offer suggestions that could enhance the ambitions of this trial in enabling our town centre businesses to thrive and encourage more visitors to access them.

Entries will not be directly replied to but logged and reviewed for the next stage of parking changes in Attleborough.

The Queens Square trail feedback portal has now closed - all entries will be collated and assist as evidence to form the final decision, expected later in 2022


Frequently asked questions about the Queen's Square Attleborough trial

What is the timeline for the trial project?

The trial starts on 21 March 2022 and runs for six months. The six-month trial will see a three-hour time limit, with no return within one hour imposed between 08:00 and 18:00, Monday to Saturday, with allowances made for the market traders using the marked market trader bays on Thursdays.

Why are the restrictions not from 07:00 to 17:00?

Taking into consideration the average working day and the opening times for the majority of local retail outlets in the area, it would fit with an 08:00 to 18:00 time slot for this enforcement to be most effective.

Why are we not providing an option to pay for longer than three-hour stays?

This would detract from the original aim of the enforcement, which is to increase visitor footfall into the town centre. This is only a six-month trial to consider whether a three-hour only waiting time improves the footfall into the town centre.

Why are we not providing a permit for those who work in the town centre to use the Queen's Square car park for longer?

This would detract from the original aim of the enforcement, which is to increase the visitor footfall into the town centre. However, we recognise that those working in the town centre may need to park for longer and therefore we will next consider a proposal to create long-stay parking at the Edenside car parks.

Where are shopworkers using the Queen's Square car park going to park?

We recognise that those working in the town centre may need to park for longer and therefore we will next consider a proposal to create enforceable limited long-stay parking at Breckland's other car parks. Private car parks are also available, including at Attleborough Train Station.

What provisions will be in Attleborough for commuters that use the bus to work in Norwich?

Users will need to consider what alternative car parking provision is available and consider the public transport provision in and around the town.

What provisions will there be for nearby residents but don't have any parking facilities that use the Queen's Square car park?

The public parking at Queens Square is not a resident's parking facility. Residents will need to consider alternative arrangements for personal parking related to their residential situation.

Why are disabled people not getting an extra 30 minutes as in the previous two-hour parking enforcement?

Three hours is deemed sufficient for both disabled and abled users for the purposes of the trial.

Will this scheme clog up the nearby streets with no restrictions?

If there are any highway issues, then residents will need to contact Norfolk County Council Highways directly.

Why three hours, not two hours?

Following the initial consultation, there was a majority consensus that a two-hour waiting period would not be long enough to allow sufficient time for those using the town centre facilities to undertake what they required to do in the town centre.

I feel three hours is too short, why can't it be longer?

Any longer waiting time would detract from the enforcement's original aim to increase the footfall into the town centre. This is only a trial to consider whether a three-hour only waiting time improves the footfall into the town centre.

No return for one hour doesn't help parents dropping off kids for 1-hour sports classes

The trial will examine how many penalties are imposed for short returns and review this issue after the trial is complete.

It is rare not to be able to park, is this trial necessary?

During the Breckland parking survey of 2016, it was shown that there were key times that parking spaces were limited or not available, thus proving a need for a scheme to displace the long-stay cars so that spaces are available for increasing churn to support or increase footfall within the town centre.

Shouldn't the council look at creating additional parking rather than limiting and removing what is there?

A further review into Attleborough's car parks will follow once the impact of these measures is recorded and reviewed. The Council is always looking at how it can further support the growth of the town centre to service the increasing population.

Are cars entering the park being monitored by number plate recognition equipment?

No, there is no plan for introducing numberplate recognition equipment at this stage.

Are you planning to introduce parking fees?

There is no intention to introduce fees as part of this review.

Will you be removing on-street parking?

On-street parking is a county council function.

Why not use the M&Co car park for additional space?

Breckland Council does not own or control that car park.

Why not create a park and ride?

This is outside the scope of the current proposals

Why now?

The intention was to implement this trial back in 2019. Due to the roadworks in the town centre, it was delayed until 2020 and then further delayed due to COVID.

What happens after the trial?

After the six-month trial period is completed, and feedback from all stakeholders have been received, we will then make a decision about whether or not to make the trial permanent.

How can people comment on the proposals?

. We will also be contacting local businesses directly, while we intend to conduct street consultations with car park users.

How does this fit into the future car parking needs of the town?

This is the first phase of planned activity around future car parking needs and provisions. We know car usage and vehicle types are changing a lot and are looking to build a future-fit set of provisions for Attleborough now and as it continues to grow.
 


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Last updated: 07/10/2022 07:00:41