‘People use our Welwyn Garden City road as a public car park’

PUBLISHED: 10:02 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:02 23 February 2018

David Shadbolt is unhappy with the parking on his road. Picture: Danny Loo

David Shadbolt is unhappy with the parking on his road. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2018

Welwyn Garden City residents are fed up with their road being treated like a car park, resulting in gridlock when drivers need to pass each other.

David Shadbolt is unhappy with the parking along The Commons. Picture: Danny LooDavid Shadbolt is unhappy with the parking along The Commons. Picture: Danny Loo

Pensioner David Shadbolt has lived in The Commons for about 25 years, but says he now struggles to pull into his driveway due to cars parking “right up to the edge of it”.

Another issue is cars parking very close to the junctions, making it dangerous to exit the road due to a lack of visibility.

Mr Shadbolt said: “People are using our road as a public car park.

“One person over the road says she’s fed up with it and they’re even thinking of moving.

“The hospital workers and construction workers park in our road.

“The hospital workers are out here at about 7am.

“There’s a road behind the old hospital site and they have stopped people parking there, so they have moved to our road.

“This morning a car pulled up with five workers in.”

The 71-year-old former welder added: “I have reported it to the police and they don’t want to know.

“I have phoned the council and they’re not interested.”

Commonswood School is also based in The Commons, meaning the road already gets congested at drop-off and pick-up times.

Mr Shadbolt said: “It makes it worse when the kids are going to school.

“There can be 20 to 30 cars coming here for the school.

“If one wants to go one way and another the other, there’s no way they can.

“It’s gridlock.”

Mr Shadbolt said he rang Welwyn Hatfield Council about the problem two weeks ago and was given another number to call.

A council spokesman said: “We have not received any reports of parking issues from Mr Shadbolt.

“If residents have any concerns they wish to discuss with us, they can contact us on 01707 357 000 or by emailing contact-whc@welhat.gov.uk”

However, when told that Mr Shadbolt had been re-directed, the spokesman added: “He may have been directed to Hertford, as that’s where East Herts Council’s offices are.

“We work in partnership with them to manage parking issues in the borough.”

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