Anger over green space parkers in Potters Bar

DAMAGE to a Potters Bar green space by errant parkers has led to a raft of complaints from residents.

The parking problems, in Rushfield, are now being addressed by Hertsmere Borough Council and police.

The council’s parks officer, Aaron Niblett, is on the case and is trying to find a solution to the chronic shortage of spaces and drivers’ unwelcome habit of parking on the green.

Mr Niblett told the Potters Bar Edition: “We’ve had a lot of complaints from people who are not happy with it [the parking situation].”

He added: “There are a few concerns with people parking on the green.

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“Some residents have concerns over the damage this causes.

“No parking bays can be created because it is covered in Hertsmere Borough Council’s local plan, which has a clause that no amenity greens be converted.

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He said the council was looking at extending “a couple of bays onto the green which will be covered by a reinforced plastic mesh”.

The parking areas would be clearly separated with bollards so as to leave motorists under no illusions as to where they can and cannot park.

Although Mr Niblett added: “It’s a difficult one really because we don’t have any powers to tow cars off there.”

“The problem at the moment is cars are driving willy-nilly in all directions across it,” he said.

And despite coming up with a solution of sorts the plan could be shot down due to “budget constraints”.

It is currently being weighed up as to whether it is “feasible”, before a consultation with residents can be launched.

The issue was also raised at the latest meeting of the Potters Bar Community Safety Partnership.

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