Major parking restrictions could be implemented to crack down on congestion in a Wiltshire tourist hotspot.

Lacock Parish Council has launched a consultation on a residents only parking scheme for central roads in the picturesque village.

The parish council says the proposal is one available option to tackle the growing number of vehicles that visit and park in the area.

Much of Lacock is managed by the National Trust and the historic destination is a popular tourist attraction, known by many as a filming location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey.

But residents are reportedly suffering because of increasing congestion and a lack of available parking spaces, and have even had their cars damaged.

The parish council, supported by the National Trust, is working to address concerns surrounding traffic and pedestrian safety.

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Lacock in WiltshireLacock in Wiltshire (Image: Trevor Porter)

A spokesperson said: “An increasing number of visitors parking in the village can make it challenging for residents wishing to park near their homes.

“Excessive parking can also lead to increased congestion, and in some cases damage to residents’ vehicles.

“One solution to this issue is to introduce a residents’ parking scheme for ‘on street’ parking throughout the centre of the village.”

A public consultation on these plans will run until July 26 and locals have been urged to share their views on the matter.

If there is sufficient support for the parking restrictions, the parish council will engage with Wiltshire Council to develop a complete proposal.

While an early draft proposal has been prepared, it has been emphasised the scheme is in its infancy and the details may be subject to change, if it goes ahead.

If introduced, the current proposal would prevent any visitors from parking in the residents’ parking zone, which could include West Street, High Street, East Street, and Church Street.

Lacock High StreetLacock High Street (Image: Trevor Porter)

The scheme could cost residents £80 to register one vehicle and £100 for a second vehicle, although those with off-road parking may be limited to one permit.

24-hour business and visitor permits may be available for residents to buy at 60p per permit and would be available in bulk.

The timings for enforcement of the scheme have not yet been confirmed, with the parish council suggesting it could run between 8am and 6pm or for 24 hours a day.

Residents wishing to take part in the consultation should complete an online questionnaire or hand in paper copies at the village stores and Post Office.