Shoppers visiting Holt will be able to enjoy two hours’ free parking to help support the town following the effects of covid-19 and the devastating fire which destroyed Budgens supermarket at the weekend.
North Norfolk District Council, Holt Town Council and Love Holt (the Chamber of Trade) have all joined forces and parking in the council-owned Albert Street and Station Yard car parks will be free for the first two hours, with immediate effect until the end of July.
The move is consistent with similar parking fee changes made last year in Sheringham as a result of works on a sinkhole in the town and in North Walsham earlier this year when it was impacted by the Cadent gas main replacement works.
NNDC leader Sarah Butikofer said: “The town of Holt has a relatively small residential population and the local high street economy is therefore reliant on visitors, second-home owners and parents of pupils attending Gresham’s to supplement trading.
“The lockdown has, therefore, had a marked impact as none of these groups of people has been present to shop locally in Holt. Added to this, the loss of the town’s only supermarket to fire last weekend underlines even more the need to support the local business community and introduce two hours’ free parking at our car parks, to help attract more shoppers back to the town.
“While encouraging people to support the local shops in Holt, we would of course remind all visitors to shop safely and adhere to all the relevant social distancing regulations, local signage and guidance from store staff. Visitors will need to ensure they follow the guidelines displayed in the carparks to qualify for the free parking.”