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NWT Holme Dunes - Car Park Trial (1 Viewer)

PYRTLE

Old Berkshire Boy
It appears that due to it's increasing visitor footprint, (mostly by beach goers ), a car park space prebooking system is to commence. Surprisingly this also applies to members of the Trust. Naturally some backlash from long time members.


In essence, you will no longer be able to just turn up by vehicle if you haven't reserved a space. Good luck to the staff taking enquiries and monitoring the parking area.
 
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MJB

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It appears that due to it's increasing visitor footprint, (mostly by beach goers ), a car park space prebooking system is to commence. Surprisingly this also applies to members of the Trust. Naturally some backlash from long time members.


In essence, you will no longer be able to just turn up by vehicle if you haven't reserved a space. Good luck to the staff taking enquiries and monitoring the parking area.
If I've read it right, the NWT website gives a link to details of how to book, where it helpfully includes the advice that if you haven't got a computer to use to book, just ring this number... If people don't have a computer to book, they won't have looked at the NWT website in the first place...
MJB
 

tonyfenn

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So if a mega turns up, say midday, how are you going to book a parking space days before it turns up to make sure that you see it. If that makes sense
 

PYRTLE

Old Berkshire Boy
Further reading of the experiment says it will be principally operated at weekends, bank holidays and during school holidays which to me clearly indicates targeting an increasing trend of non member public footfall accessing the reserve to get to the beach and eroding dune system......eg wealthy second homeowners and day trippers turning up with a full 4 x 4, disembarking with picnic etc. Even if it was limited to members only parking, the system is only partially successful as many holiday home owners / guest houses purchase a single NWT or NOA membership for just the car park..... the card being incorrectly shared by holidaying families and guests.

Sadly the delicate, remote, beautiful and vulnerable site is widely advertised by the tourism industry as a "must visit wild and sandy Norfolk beach" and therefore adding pressure on the foreshore wildlife. At least they are trying something to stabilise on site vehicle numbers though under the guise of "protecting their staff". Perhaps they could also have added "the flora and fauna".
 
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