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Reader letter: Hardly surprising Rose Lane car park is generating less income than council predicted

PUBLISHED: 15:09 20 March 2017

Norwich City Councils recently opened Rose Lane multi-storey car park in Mountergate. Picture: Steve Adams

Norwich City Councils recently opened Rose Lane multi-storey car park in Mountergate. Picture: Steve Adams

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It is hardly surprising that despite being named “best new car park of 2017” the new Rose Lane car park is generating less income than the council predicted.

The new car park location is inconvenient - especially for city centre shopping and when trying to leave onto Rose Lane - and is expensive to use in comparison to other nearby car parks.

MORE: Judges name Norwich’s £7m Rose Lane car park the country’s best new car park
I guess that although the judges appear to have chosen the car park based on the provision of bicycle racks, toilets and electric charging points, motorists choose a car park based on location and/or cost.


  • Yet another idea from the bright idea brigade that has fallen flat. When will the people that have a bright one realise that because they've thought of it doesn't necessarily mean that is in fact bright. A bit like all the cycle paths that have been installed around the city. I would love to know the £ ration per head spent on cyclists to £ per head for drivers. There must be a huge gap.

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    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Too far out!? It's a 5 minute walk up Rose Lane to Castle Mall, another 5 to St Stephens and Chapelfield. Instead the terminally lazy will queue up way past the NO QUEUING signs on Chapelfield, clogging up Grapes Hill for people that actually need to drive somewhere.

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    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • You know what the 'cunning plan' will be to fix this? Increase the cost to park there! When surprisingly that doesn't work...turn it into 595 student flats. Genius. Whereas I'd try dropping the charges by 30% as a start.

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    Resident Smith

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • You have to question Norwichs attitude to car parks. They demolish the original St Andrews MSCP which was suffering issues with concrete but also demolished the 1970s addition which was fine. The replacement has also had issues. They then demolish the original Rose Lane MSCP which was much closer to the city and which everyone I speak to in tells me had no issues whatsoever other than those 'manufactured' to justify its demolition. We then have the City Hall car park itself demolished leaving a city centre site looking like a bomb site from WW2....and the council tells us how we should look after our buildings. Look at your own NCC.

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    Carol Barnes

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Yep everyone I've spoken to that's used it said the same thing. Too difficult to get to, too far out and too expensive. I guess no one at the Council decided to have a 'Cons' board at the initial brainstorming for the project, only a 'Pros'. Womp Womp

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    Resident Smith

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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