Revived council scheme could see coastal village get its first pay-and-display car park

Aerial view of Bacton, Date: Oct 2015. Picture: Mike Page

Aerial view of Bacton, Date: Oct 2015. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

A north Norfolk village could be in line to receive its first pay and display car park, with a £30,000 project proposed.

Currently, the coastal village of Bacton has very limited space for parking, with visitors required to either use on-street parking or verges with stopping.

However, members of North Norfolk District Council's cabinet are to discuss putting an end to this, by investing in a new car park for the village.

At its next meeting on Monday, members will run the rule over recommendations from officers to spend £30,000 on converting a plot of land close to the beach into a car park.

The plans would revive a previously abandoned scheme, which was first touted in 2001 when the council approached the owner of land near Cable Gap.

A report to the committee said that while this original plan progressed, 'due to a number of factors' it was never completed.

However, as a result of this, the plan already has planning consent for a 52-space car park - including 12 disabled spots.

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Council officers feel the demand for parking at Bacton beach will swell in years to come, given the council's sandscaping scheme for the coastline from the village to Walcott.

If members approve the proposals, the site will also provide a point for people to keep up-to-date with the innovative beach scheme.

The report says: 'With the delivery of the sandscaping scheme, the coastal team re-approached the landowner of the site as it was clear there would be demand for a car park and visitor information at least during the delivery of the scheme.

'It is anticipated following the completion of the project that with a wide beach this location will have an increased desirability for beach-users and, therefore, it is expected the car park will continue to be utilised.'

The report says the £30,000 investment is necessary to make the site fit for purpose, through such measures as repairing fences, installing power supplies and ticket machines and adding picnic benches.

A 25-year lease for the site is also proposed, which is how long officers estimate it will take for the costs to be recuperated from parking charges.