Knettishall Heath set for car parking charges and new catering van in Suffolk Wildlife Trust plans
Car parking charges are set to be introduced at a popular beauty spot to help raise funds and limit anti-social behaviour.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust has applied to West Suffolk Council for planning permission to install an automatic number plate recognition camera, charging station and replacement car park signage at Knettishall Heath.
Payment terminals would also be installed.
The trust said it plans to reintroduce car parking charges at the nature reserve's main car park from June.
Its website said: "The reason for this is two-fold: 1) To ensure we are able to invest and plan for the long-term to manage the heath for wildlife and; 2) To ensure the best visitor experience by limiting out-of-hours anti-social behaviour."
The trust also intends to launch its own catering van at the heath, selling take-away drinks and refreshments.