Drivers will be able to park for free in two North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) car parks during roadworks chaos in North Walsham which could also see the weekly Thursday market moved elsewhere temporarily.
The council has agreed to waive charges for the first two hours in its Bank Loke and Vicarage Street car parks, beginning on Thursday, January 30.
NNDC’s gesture follows discussions with concerned business owners, the town’s chamber of trade and local councillors.
And NNDC is also talking to the town council about whether it wants to move the weekly market while the works are under way.
Roadworks have led to the closure of the crucial Mundesley Road, Cromer Road and Aylsham Road junction in the town centre, with diversions in place. The one-way traffic flow along Market Place has also been reversed.
Eric Seward, deputy leader of NNDC and a councillor for North Walsham, said: “It was important for the council to quickly provide support to shops and businesses in the town centre during this difficult period. The provision of two-hour free parking in the town’s major car parks should encourage people to continue to come to the town centre and use its shops and facilities.”
Long-stay parking will continue to be available at all the pay-and-display car parks across North Walsham.
An NNDC spokesman warned: “Due to timescales attached to grant funding which NNDC has accessed for electric vehicle charge points, there will unavoidably be some works at Vicarage Street car park carried out by the district council during March, which is not possible to reschedule.”