Commuters face parking charge threat

PUBLISHED: 06:29 10 October 2011

Knebworth car park (behind Post Office)

Knebworth car park (behind Post Office)


COMMUTERS could be the latest to be targeted as parking restrictions are set to begin in a village.

Knebworth is undergoing a parking review by North Herts District Council, after concerns the introduction of charges at St Martins Road Car Park would cause cars to be displaced around nearby streets.

A report to the Southern Area Rural committee stated restrictions could be brought in at Watton Road, Gun Lane, Pondcroft Road, Milestone Road and London Road.

Despite all but one of the 28 homes in Watton Road having their own driveways, 75 per cent wanted no parking outside their homes Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm.

This option was therefore taken forward as the recommendation for Watton Road.

In Gun Lane, (56 homes all but eight with off-street parking), Hornbeam Spring, (41 properties), Sayer Way and Deeping Close, (36 homes all with off-street parking) 51 per cent of the 45 residents who replied wanted some restrictions, and other half split between no restrictions and limited parking.

The officers recommended no parking between 10am and 11am, Monday to Friday.

In Pondcroft and Milestone Road, the recommendation is for two-hour limits weekdays and further consultation was needed in London Road.

The plans are set to be exhibited in the village in the autumn, with a final plan agreed before Christmas.

The draft traffic orders would then be published early next year with implementation planned by early spring.

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