Appeal against Welwyn Garden City car park closure

A CAR parking firm will appeal a decision by Welwyn Hatfield Council to close one of its facilities in Welwyn Garden City.

An enforcement notice on a 130-space car park on the former Shredded Wheat factory site in Hyde Way has been order by councillors on the planning committee, saying it has created an “over provision” of car parking spaces in the town.

But Green Parking Ltd, which manages the car park, is set to appeal against the decision – and will continue trading until the appeal is heard.

Neil Edwards, spokesman for Green Parking, said the company’s car parks were environmentally friendly, in as much as they included recycling bins for commuters returning to their cars to throw away the rubbish they’d collected over the day.

“That’s what Green Parking is about,” he said. “Most people who use our car parks will use the train and come back with bottles and crisp packets they want to throw away. We’ve got some recycling bins there at the moment and it would have been nice to put more.

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“Every council has their own views on car parking, and some are quite happy to let us have a space if it is being unused.”

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