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Date published: 13th November 2020

In response to issues with parking issues and current COVID regulations and concerns, the Council is urging visitors not to travel to Horsey and Winterton to visit the seals or the beach.

This message is being supported by Norfolk Police with the provision of additional patrols.

The increase in visitors to the popular attraction in Norfolk has also resulted in an increase in contraventions of parking restrictions, with visitors parking on verges and causing a dangerous risk to other motorists through the area.

Leader of the Council, Cllr. Sarah Bütikofer said: “During our Gold response group meeting this week, we discussed concerns raised by local residents that many people still appear to be travelling further than essential to take exercise. This puts them and our local residents at unnecessary risk, we are therefore grateful to Norfolk Police for responding to our request for assistance and working with us to address this situation. Collaborative working is essential in tackling this pandemic.”

Cllr.  Angie Fitch-Tillet, Portfolio Holder for the Coast said: “While we are in national lockdown, we ask that visitors do not make long journeys into our district and please follow national guidelines.

"North Norfolk will gladly welcome visitors back to our beautiful area when it is safer to do so but for now we ask that you respect the guidance. Together we can get through this and welcome you back sooner”

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Julie Wvendth said: “I understand that people may want to get out in the fresh air this weekend, and consider going to Horsey to see the seals but I urge everybody to comply with the national lockdown and stay at home.

“Days out should be avoided while the current restrictions are in place and driving to the coast or to the county’s beauty spots is not regarded as essential travel.

“Officers will continue to be out in their communities, speaking to people as we always do and taking the opportunity to explain the rules and ask what people are doing and why they are out. While we continue to work within our traditional policing model, with the consent of the public, we will enforce the regulations and act against those who choose to deliberately ignore or break the rules, and in doing so put people’s lives at risk.”

Last updated: 13th November 2020