In 2012 the Labour Party joined traders, local community groups, and residents in criticising the move to increase charges in “tourist” towns – like Holt, Sheringham, Cromer, and Wells – and introducing charges at car parks after 6pm.
The party argued that there were clear benefits in not implementing the fees to keep high streets open for business, and were disappointed by the lack of consultation with local parish and town councils.
A decision to scrap evening charges was announced two years later in May 2014, but a two-tiered system of car park charges remains in North Norfolk.
Denise Burke, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, said:
“Had the council consulted on their proposals for car parking fees in 2012 they would have recognised the benefits to keeping charges low back then. The proposals were not supported by the traders, community groups, or those residents who signed Labour’s petition.
The key to local economic growth is ensuring our high streets are seen as open for business, and that means adequate car parking and low costs. We welcome this long overdue decision.”