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Has Framlingham become a victim of its own success? Parking concerns raised after thousands flock to town

PUBLISHED: 12:03 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:03 02 August 2017

The success of Framlingham Castle is bringing people to the market town - but causing problems for residents. Picture: ALEX ROOD

The success of Framlingham Castle is bringing people to the market town - but causing problems for residents. Picture: ALEX ROOD

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It has gained international fame through a platinum selling single and a starring role in a hit TV series, not to mention a massive £1.2million redevelopment of its treasured castle.

The joust event at Framlingham Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDThe joust event at Framlingham Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

But has Framlingham become a victim of its own success?

People living in the town have highlighted examples of “dangerous parking”, which they have attributed to the thousands of extra visitors attending a jousting event at Framlingham Castle.

Parking has been a long-running concern in the town, with its medieval streets said to be poorly suited for vehicles.

Now, with visitors flocking to the town to see its newly improved castle, coupled with the effect of Ed Sheeran and the Detectorists TV series, some say it has become too popular for its own good.

Safety concerns have been raised over the parking in Fore Street, Framlingham. Picture: CHRISTOPHER HUDSONSafety concerns have been raised over the parking in Fore Street, Framlingham. Picture: CHRISTOPHER HUDSON

Christopher Hudson, one of Framlingham’s district councillors, warned the influx of visitors was becoming too much.

“We love the castle and we love people coming to the town, but someone is going to get hurt unless something is done about the parking situation in Framlingham,” he said. “Is this a sign of things to come?”

Mr Hudson says the problems over the weekend highlight the need to look at a long-term solution. He supports the idea of residents-only parking in Fore Street and Double Street as well as the previously raised suggestion for provision at the sports club.

Framlingham Town Council has sent a questionnaire to residents seeking their views on parking. Town clerk Eileen Coe said: “The town council are working very hard on a parking strategy for the whole town and the questionnaire is one part of that.”

English Heritage, which owns Framlingham Castle, said it would look into additional parking arrangements for its events.

Property manager Kirstie Horne said: “The joust was a great success and we welcomed almost 3,500 people to Framlingham Castle across the weekend. In addition to our normal car park we also had our overflow car park open over the weekend. However, the event proved to be so popular there were occasions on Saturday and Sunday when our parking facilities were full. This is the first time this has occurred and when it did happen we were directing visitors to alternative car parks in the town. For future events, our events team will be looking into additional parking arrangements.”


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