Parking charges are being introduced at Wales Court Shopping Centre car park in Downham Market from  tomorrow.

Flyers have gone out alerting drivers to the changes at the privately-owned area in the town centre.

The pay and display is being managed by Napier Parking, the company which leases the car park from owners Pearl and Coutts Ltd, which is a London-based commercial property firm.

Charges are 60p for up to an hour,  £1 for up to two hours and £1.50 for three hours.

It is £2 for four hours, £2.70 for up to 24 hours, £5.40 for up to 48 hours and £10 for a week.

James De Savary, managing director of Napier Parking, said money wass being spent on refurbishing the car park.

The area of the former public toilets is being resurfaced, pot holes will be filled and parking bays will be properly marked, he said yesterday.

Mr De Savary hopes the changes will be positive for the town as he said people had been “abusing” the car park by parking all day.

He said it was intended for people using the shops and that the charging prices had been kept “reasonable” to reflect this.

“It has been completely abused by people who park here all day.

“I was here all day on Wednesday and 80 per cent of the people who used the car park worked locally and parked all day.

“This is the most central car park in the town and it is not great for the local businesses.

“We want to keep it available for people to shop,” said Mr De Savary.

The view was echoed by businessman Lawrence Welham, of Lewks  Music and Movies, who said: “I think it could be very good.”

Mr Welham said people were parking all day when it should be for shoppers.