Hundreds gather for Welwyn parking charges funeral protest
PUBLISHED: 12:55 23 September 2011 | UPDATED: 10:53 28 September 2011
A HEARSE transported a coffin with a petition signed by around 3,400 people, objecting to parking restrictions being introduced in a village, to Welwyn Hatfield Council today (Friday).
Hundreds of Welwyn residents gathered outside the borough council headquarters at Campus East, in WGC, to witness the handing over of the objections – aimed to stop the council from charging for parking in the car parks, which the residents believe will “kill” the village.
The council, which closes the consultation period for the scheme later today, now has until November 17 to make a decision as to whether the restrictions should be introduced.
If approved the parking scheme would see motorists being charged 50p for 30 minutes, 80p for an hour and £1 for an hour-and-a-half in High Street and Lockleys car parks, while nearby Broomfield Road car park would also have a three hour restriction, and Titmus Yard would have a permit scheme.
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