Video: Welwyn Hatfield Council accepts parking petition delivered in a coffin

PUBLISHED: 17:06 23 September 2011 | UPDATED: 17:30 23 September 2011

The coffin with the petitions inside it is carred to Welwyn Hatfield Council headquarters

The coffin with the petitions inside it is carred to Welwyn Hatfield Council headquarters

WELWYN Hatfield Council said they have welcomed a petition which was delivered to them in a coffin, in front of a large crowd, today (Friday).

The petition, launched by Welwyn residents and businessowners to stop parking restrictions from being introduced in the village, was signed by around 3,400 people, who believe the parking charges would mark the death of their High Street.

It was delivered to Welwyn Hatfield Council’s Campus East headquarters in a hearse, before it was carried out in front of a crowd and passed over to Welwyn Hatfield mayor cllr Carl Storer at 11.30am today – the last day of the consultation period for the scheme.

A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokeswoman said: “The mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, cllr Carl Storer, was happy to receive the petition from Welwyn residents this morning, as part of the consultation process.

“The petition will now be passed to the Cabinet Housing and Planning Panel, as is standard practice, and will be considered along with all other feedback for this project. Any decision on the proposal for parking in the village will be made by the council’s cabinet.”

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.

Piers Lyon, the village’s representative on Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “This is not the end of the campaign, this is just the beginning. We cannot just let this go by unnoticed.

“I am urging everyone to carry on the fight and to contact their nearest councillor to oppose the plans.”

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