Residents up in arms over parking in Welwyn Garden City street

PARKING in front of your own house would seem like a reasonable request.

Yet residents of Guessens Grove in WGC are struggling to do just that because commuters are using the road to park their cars.

Each weekday morning the cul-de-sac becomes lined with vehicles and some householders have now had enough.

Paul Davis, 41, who lives in the street, said: “It’s getting silly.

“Six months ago it was manageable but there’s just not enough room any more.

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“It has become a bit like a chess game now as if you nip out you come back to find nowhere to park.

“Some days you don’t want to move your car.”

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There are no official parking restrictions in Guessens Grove and ‘residential parking only’ signs in front of bays have failed to deter motorists who want to avoid paying for parking in the town centre.

Another resident said: “My wife has contacted the council numerous times about the issue and their attitude was that for financial reasons they couldn’t make it residents only as they don’t have the funds to police it.

“It is a big issue for us and most people would be willing to pay for a parking permit.”

Many of those living in the road fear the problem will only worsen in the lead up to Christmas.

A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokewoman said: “The council has a prioritised list for parking issues in the borough. “WGC and its surrounds are included on the list, however, there are more pressing parking issues elsewhere in the borough, which must be considered beforehand.

“Unfortunately, there is not a simple solution; the council cannot just introduce a scheme to one road.

“There has to be extensive consultation with local stakeholders, and consideration of how the introduction of restriction schemes may then impact other surrounding areas.”

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