Ask anyone who’s been to Southwold and they’ll tell you that there’s no better place to spend a day walking the unspoilt Suffolk coast and enjoying the traditional seaside delights of fish and chips, strolls along the pier and shaking the sand from your shoes.
The only downside has always been Southwold’s limited parking, which has frustrated many day trippers. As John Perkins, secretary of the Southwold and Reydon Society told the EDP: “We have places in Southwold selling stickers that say ‘I managed to find a car parking space in Southwold’. It has become a joke, but it isn’t a joke if you cant find anywhere to park.
But now, thanks to the Southwold Millennium Foundation, a new plan is afoot which will help solve the town’s parking shortage while also raising money for local charities and funding new projects in the local area.
The 500 seater car park will initially be allowed to open for only 28 days a year, but it is hoped that is it proves successful that this will be extended. Michael Ladd, the chairman of the Southwold Millennium Foundation, told the EDP: “It is not a permanent solution, but something we can use during busy periods.”
“It is going to ease parking at the top part of the town and towards the pier. Our thinking all along is that it will be the first option for people coming into Southwold. It will be ideally located for people who want to park and don’t mind a little bit of a walk into the town – perfect for day trippers.”