It has been claimed that The Queen has upset Sandringham locals by authorising the building of a half-mile long earth bank to stop cars parking on the roadside. Her Majesty had the 1000 metre “eyesore” kerb erected near St Mary Magdalene Church – which The Queen visits regularly when she is at Sandringham.
In normal times, there are two car parks for visiting tourists at Sandringham however they cost £3 for two hours, £5 for four hours and £7 for the whole day. Building began on the earth bank in the Autumn and the foot-high mound has prevented any cars parking on the roadside.
Local resident, James Bullimore, told The Sun, “The mud kerbs along the side of the road look awful. They are a complete eyesore. There is mud all over the verges and really ruins the lovely views up the leafy road to the estate.”
Back in February, the Sandringham Estate announced plans to begin charging tourists for the once free of charge car parks. It is believed that The Queen feared the road around the estate being clogged up with cars who did not wish to pay the car parking charges and so authorised the building of the banks. At the time of the introduction of the car parking charges, many accused The Queen of profiteering from visitors to Sandringham.
A Sandringham spokesperson commented, “This project is all about keeping this a safe place to visit.”
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have not been at Sandringham for some time. Both Her Majesty and Prince Philip have been residing at Windsor Castle since the UK went in to lockdown.