Unclear signage has seen chaos erupt at a short-stay car park near a busy road.

Authorities are searching for ways to improve markers in an area just off Great Melton Road in Hethersett, with drivers being left unsure about how long they can leave their vehicles.

A recent parish council meeting revealed that such overuse of the car park, alongside a Tesco store and two takeaways, was leading to motorists parking and damaging property in the nearby Great Melton Close.

Norwich Evening News: Motorists are leaving their vehicles in Great Melton CloseMotorists are leaving their vehicles in Great Melton Close (Image: Google Maps)

However, police say they are only able to "carry out enforcement in areas that have either, or both, yellow lines and signs to show drivers the restriction".

A statement read out during the meeting from parking and civil enforcement officer Dave Elgood advised: "The double yellow lines could do with a freshen up on the entrance to the close.

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"Anything regarding damage to vehicles and property should be reported to the police."

This has prompted the parish council to seek methods of improving signage in the car park.

South Norfolk district councillor Kathryn Cross proposed clearer markings displaying "what the parameters are before any letters on windscreens can be left" as the car park currently "does not give any guidance as to whether people can park for an hour or for the day".

Norwich Evening News: Cllr Kathryn CrossCllr Kathryn Cross (Image: Kathryn Cross)

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David Bills, who is also a South Norfolk district councillor for the area, said he supported the idea of improving the car park - but advised that any additional highway signs in this location "would have to be funded and erected by the parish council rather than county highways".

The discussion comes as folk living in Great Melton Road continue to raise concerns about drivers obstructing a footpath, leading to blockages and delays for public transport.

Norwich Evening News: Cllr David BillsCllr David Bills (Image: South Norfolk Council)

A letter to the parish council penned by a concerned homeowner said: "The parking in this area is becoming more and more problematic and dangerous.

"Cars are more frequently obstructing the footpath increasing the difficulty for wheelchairs, parents with prams, mobility scooters and dog walkers."