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Date published: 12th May 2020

In light of the Government's announcement regarding new Coronavirus lockdown regulations on Sunday May 10, after careful consideration North Norfolk District Council has taken the decision to re-open the public car parks at Pretty Corner and Holt Country Park, from Wednesday May 13 at 7am.

This is to allow local residents to drive to these sites to enjoy the extra exercise opportunities provided in the latest change to national lockdown guidelines, as laid down by the Government.

However the Council has taken the decision not to open more public car parks at beach and seafront locations in North Norfolk at this time, to avoid a potential sudden influx of visitors to these popular attractions.


Coastal car parks that are closed
Cromer Runton Road
East Runton Beach Road
Happisburgh Cart Gap
Mundesley Gold Park
Overstrand Pauls Lane
Sea Palling Clinks Lane
Sheringham East Cliff
Coastal car parks that will remain open
Cromer Cadogan Road
Cromer The Meadow
Sheringham Morris Street
Sheringham Station Approach
Wells Stearmans Yard

Cllr Sarah Bütikofer, Leader of the Council, said: "As a result of new regulations we have taken the decision after careful consideration to open Pretty Corner and Holt Country Park car parks to enable more local people to drive there for their exercise.

“Of course, we must ask those considering travelling there to be as conscientious as possible and urge them to continue at all times to observe the social distancing guidelines, as the danger to public health and safety posed by Coronavirus has most definitely not passed.

“Meanwhile we have also taken the decision not to open our seafront and beach public car parks at this time, although we will be monitoring and reviewing the situation daily. We do not want at this time to potentially encourage huge numbers of visitors to our beaches due to safety concerns.

“We are not opening Cromer Pier or any of our public toilets which are currently closed, as we deem this to be premature in light of the Government’s stepped approach. We are looking at the 1st of June as a key date for further guidance from the Government, so effectively apart from exercise we are not wanting people to come to North Norfolk for now as our facilities and attractions are closed.”

The Government website provides social distancing guidelines and answers to FAQs and should be referred to by residents and visitors regularly to ensure they are up to date with the latest advice.

Last updated: 20th May 2020