December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Motorists using a town’s car park may be forgiven for being “not shore” of their exact location.
A puzzling notice has appeared at the pay and display in Fore Street, Framlingham, advising visitors of the car park’s “non-seafront” setting.
Some vehicle owners have been left scratching their heads at the self-evident declaration – given the 15 miles distance from Framlingham to the nearest beach.
Christopher Hudson, district councillor and vice county council chairman, said he had been left feeling “all at sea” by the arrival of the sign at the car park, which was free to use until charges were introduced last week. Mr Hudson said: “I do like to be beside the seaside – but not when I’m in Framlingham.
“The town has a mere but I didn’t think it was that big.
“It’s all a bit absurd.”
Suffolk Coastal District Council said the sign was of a standard format as there was a difference between the cost of seafront and non-seafront long stay season tickets.
A spokesman said: “Each tariff board in a pay and display car park also carries this information along with the tariff charge. People with season tickets need to know which car park they are valid for as the season ticket will specify seafront or non-seafront. The same format sign is in place at Lime Kiln Quay, Woodbridge, for example but not in Hamblin Road which is designated as short stay.”