More than 500 parking restriction requests made for Welwyn Hatfield streets
PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 June 2018
Welwyn Hatfield Council has been deluged by more than 500 requests for parking restrictions across the borough.
Out of those, 152 are currently being dealt with leaving 349 requests to be considered for future work programmes.
As a result of demand for new restrictions, the council is looking to extend its work programme from one year to two and is also looking to create an additional two-year role to assist the parking services department.
Seventy-six requests have been made for restrictions in Hatfield West, 63 for Handside, 53 for Sherrards, 44 for Peartree and 41 for Hatfield South, along with requests for a further 12 wards.
The council’s parking and cemetery services manager Vikki Hatfield writes in her report: “The council has recognised that parking pressures and concerns in the borough have increased in the last five to 10 years.
“There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is the increase in the number of vehicles which are using and are parking on the borough roads, which were never designed to accommodate such numbers.”
The Peartree Ward in Welwyn Garden City is considered one of the most pressing areas that requires a parking review due to the redevelopment of the old Shredded Wheat factory and other commercial buildings in this area being turned into housing.
Ms Hatfield writes: “It is thought these new residential areas may have adverse impact on residential roads surrounding the area.
“Many of which have little or no parking controls against non-residential parking, some of which have already reported issues with commuters.
“In addition to Peartree, the Hatfield town centre car parks will also need to be included in the next work programme.
“This is due to the continuing redevelopment of Hatfield town centre and the proposed construction of the multi-storey car park.”
Welwyn Garden City town centre is included in the 2017/18 work programme and a trial is currently taking place with part-pedestrianisation.
The council was aware of concerns about the reduction of on-street parking and introduced a 30-minute free parking period in the Hunters Bridge and Campus West car park from December in an effort to off-set the reduction.
The restrictions in Hunters Bridge car parks have also been reduced in the evenings to provide more free parking after 7pm Monday to Saturday and after 5.30pm on Sundays.