Council aims to increase parking limits
PUBLISHED: 12:02 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 26 October 2009
DOZENS of roads across the borough could be in line for new parking restrictions. A total of 62 streets in Welwyn Hatfield have been put on a priority list for further investigations after being deemed hazardous for off-street parking by councillors.
DOZENS of roads across the borough could be in line for new parking restrictions.
A total of 62 streets in Welwyn Hatfield have been put on a priority list for further investigations after being deemed hazardous for off-street parking by councillors.
Suggested improvements on particularly bad roads include a permit parking scheme in The Vineyard and Vine Close, WGC, and CCTV cameras installed in council car parks.
One of the biggest concerns at the cabinet planning meeting was the state of parking down Ascots Lane, WGC, by the QE2 Hospital, where parking controls and additional parking spaces in the area have been suggested.
Councillor Keith Pieri said: "Ascots Lane is appalling. Should an ambulance and fire engine meet each other coming in opposite ways I'd hate to think what would happen.
"Sooner or later something critical is going to happen down there. Even though the problem has got worse recently with the posts being put up this has been a problem forever."
Councillor Tony Skottowe said: "I consider Ascots Lane as a serious risk - recent restrictions for verge parking, made worse by the hospital charging too much to park there.
"Direct action is needed."
Councillor Helen Bromley, who said the situation wasn't helped by hospital staff parking down Ascots Lane, also managed to get Marsden Road added to the list of problem streets.
She complained the road was often blocked by delivery trucks serving the nearby shops.
To see the full list of roads highlighted as problems visit www.welhat.gov.uk/transportstreets/parking/parkingpermits
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