�155,000 tag for 39 parking spaces

councillors look set to spend �155,000 on creating up to 39 parking spaces in a densely-populated area of Great Yarmouth. A report compiled by Norfolk County Council found that between 20 and 25 extra spaces could be created in Russell Square at a cost of �115,000, with a further 14 spaces in Artillery Square costing �40,000.

councillors look set to spend �155,000 on creating up to 39 parking spaces in a densely-populated area of Great Yarmouth.

A report compiled by Norfolk County Council found that between 20 and 25 extra spaces could be created in Russell Square at a cost of �115,000, with a further 14 spaces in Artillery Square costing �40,000.

Although the report stated that the Russell Square scheme would not represent value for money, councillors on the car parking steering group agreed both options should be explored further.

Speaking at the council group's meeting, chairman and Conservative member Graham Plant said: “I think we have to bear in mind the high- density population in those areas. It would be short-sighted not to identify those parking needs.


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“Although it seems a high cost initially, I would guarantee in two to three years time it would be much more.”

Labour councillor John Holmes agreed, saying off-street parking in that area had to be increased as soon as possible.

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“We are getting pressure from people who are saying there are not enough parking spaces between the town centre and seafront,” he said.

Concerns were also raised about moves to create a green space in Artillery Square, something residents had been working on with the Comeunity team.

Tory Sue Hacon said she was confused by the moves because residents had the beautiful St George's Park on their doorstep.

Norfolk County Council officers will now look to create detailed

plans and carry out consultations - moves that could push costs still higher.

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