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Car park sign that leads to confusion

PUBLISHED: 17:38 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 03 July 2010

Where's the meter? The signs at Blackfriars Road car park.

Where's the meter? The signs at Blackfriars Road car park.

CONFUSION reigns at a Great Yarmouth car park where drivers are being asked to pay and display without a ticket machine for their money.

A new pay point board has been put up at the Blackfriars Road car park even though it is free to use.

CONFUSION reigns at a Great Yarmouth car park where drivers are being asked to pay and display without a ticket machine for their money.

A new pay point board has been put up at the Blackfriars Road car park even though it is free to use.

Signs also point towards a non-existent ticket machine at the borough council-owned car park near the Time and Tide Museum.

Local resident Christopher Gilbert regularly spots drivers wandering around the car park in a vain attempt to purchase a ticket.

He said: “Hardly a day goes by when people are not trying to put money in the meter only to find it is not there.

“They look around bewildered and I shout across to them that the car park is free and they don't have to pay.

“People are worried they are going to get parking tickets if they leave their cars there.

“The sign even has a list of tariffs and it should really be taken down.”

Retired hotelier Mr Gilbert, 75, has raised the issue at recent south Yarmouth Neighbourhood Action Team meetings.

Nelson ward councillor Valerie Pettit said: “The council put up new sail type of signage in its car parks and this must have been placed there by mistake. It is certainly causing confusion among visitors to the town.

“I don't know of any plans to take the sign down and want to raise the issue with the car parking steering group.”

A borough council statement said the car park was listed as free on the council's website, but it was not possible to confirm if it was planned to remove the signs.

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