Parking ‘will be restricted’ at new Hatfield multi-storey

PUBLISHED: 14:56 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 09 February 2018

A parking consultation is taking place. Picture: Kevin Lines

A parking consultation is taking place. Picture: Kevin Lines

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Drop-in events will be taking place at the Hub in the coming weeks, as part of a wider parking consultation with residents and businesses living in or based around Hatfield town centre.

Plans have been developed by a number of local partners to bring car parking together on one multi-storey site, releasing land to deliver new homes, shops, restaurants, cafes and leisure facilities.

Excluding Asda, there are currently five surface level car parks in Hatfield, taking up a third of town centre space.

The council has not made any decisions about introducing charging for the multi-storey, but parking will be restricted – similar to what is currently available in the town centre.

During the construction, there will also be a temporary loss of around 150 spaces.

One of the ways the council hopes to limit the impact on residents and businesses is to provide a temporary deck on Lemsford Road car park to provide an additional 100 spaces.

A council spokesman said: “However, as redevelopment continues to attract more and more people to the town, surrounding residential roads will be affected.

“Residents and businesses will receive a letter, as part of the consultation outlining possible options to alleviate the impact – including yellow lines and permit schemes.”

As part of this project, the council is also seeking to introduce a verge and footway protection order to prevent vehicles parking on grass verges and pavements.

Cllr Helen Bromley, executive member for environment, said: “Residents want to see a wider range of shopping and leisure options in the town centre and redeveloping the space taken up with car parking will help us to keep increasing footfall and deliver on that.

“Alongside the redevelopment, we would expect an increase in congestion for those living and working nearby and I hope everyone uses the drop-in events as an opportunity to raise their queries or concerns.

“In addition to seeking views on what protection measures we could put in place, we’ll also be looking for any suitable areas which could be converted into more off road parking space for residents.”

The drop-in events will take place at The Hub, White Lion House (in the same building as the Housing Office, above Simmons), on Thursday, February 15 and Friday, March 23, from 12noon - 7.30pm.

The consultation affects the following areas: French Horn Lane, Aldykes and Lemsford Road. A full list of roads affected can be found at: www.welhat.gov.uk/hatfieldcentralandeast

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