Hatfield firm's move will cost hundreds of car parking places

PUBLISHED: 09:02 18 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009

A WATER company has defended its decision to move to a site that has less than half the number of parking spaces currently available to its staff. Hatfield-based Three Valleys Water will relocate to the new building on the town's business park in May. Pl

A WATER company has defended its decision to move to a site that has less than half the number of parking spaces currently available to its staff.

Hatfield-based Three Valleys Water will relocate to the new building on the town's business park in May.

Planning restrictions mean just 226 spaces will be available for 660 employees - meaning staff will have to find alternative ways to get to work.

Bosses at the Bishops Rise company say the parking limitations will help promote sustainable travel choices.

A spokeswoman told the WHT: "The fairest way of managing our parking is to divide the spaces available by the number of staff on site.

"This will allow everybody to park around 120 times each year.

"Taking account of holidays this is equivalent to three working days in five."

She added: "We will be promoting alternative methods of travel to work, such as public transport, walking or cycling and our new building has space to accommodate over 60 bicycles."

However, not everyone is in favour of the changes.

A WGC man whose wife, 36, has been an employee at the water company for 15 years, said: "Frankly they could not care less."

The 45-year-old Howlands resident added: "It is unfair for women, who will have to walk after work to wherever they have parked their car in the pitch dark at five, six or seven o'clock at night.

"They are putting people in a vulnerable situation."

* What do you think about the company's car parking plans? Email your views to www.whtimes@archant.co.uk

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