Artists impression of Highfield Road Development

Date published: 20th October 2017

Fakenham’s Highfield Road Car Park should stay as a car park – that’s the recommendation going to North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 30th October.

The recommendation comes after a month long consultation on the potential future uses of the land, with the consultation attracting more than 200 responses.

Cllr Judy Oliver, Cabinet Member for Assets and Commercialisation at North Norfolk District Council said: “We have listened to the people of Fakenham and we have attached a great deal of weight to the representations put forward by the Town Council which were evidenced based and persuasive.

“I will be recommending to the Council’s Cabinet on the 30th October that Highfield Road Car Park is retained as a car park and that car park charges are introduced to bring it in line with other council car parks in the town.

“Obviously the report has to go to Cabinet on Monday 30 October for a formal decision but I hope people will see that it’s always worth responding to consultations and we do take very seriously residents' views as we try to make decisions in the best interests of our taxpayers. 

“The possibility of coach and bus parking in Fakenham was also discussed during the consultation. I hope that this can be further considered by the joint working party set up between Fakenham Town Council and NNDC. “

The recommendation also asks Cabinet to recommend to Full Council that a fund of £75,000 is established to pay for improvement works to the car park.

Cllr Annie Claussen-Reynolds and Cllr Roy Reynolds Ward Members for Fakenham’s Lancaster North Ward said: “We are pleased that so many people completed the survey and once it was clear that the majority wanted to keep the car park this gave us a steer.  We have requested that the toilets are refurbished, and, also, a couple of coach places are provided.”

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