Welwyn Garden City Islamic group faces street parking curbs

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 August 2012




AN Islamic group, which meets near a parade of shops in WGC, could see its members prevented from parking on the street after complaints from nearby residents.

Authorisation is being applied to Herts Highways to put cones along Hall Grove on Friday mornings when the Welwyn Hatfield Islamic Society meets at the Ludwick Family Club.

In a meeting about parking in Hall Grove and Autumn Grove organised by the club last Thursday, it was recommended that Pc Michael Grigg should write a letter to the group to suggest all members try to find alternative parking.

Recommended sites include KGV Playing Fields and Hall Grove Church, where permission has been given.

The meeting was attended by around 20 residents, Pc Grigg, Idrees Qreshi, chairman of Welwyn Hatfield Islamic Society, Naveed Khawaja, also of the society, as well as top dogs at the Ludwick Family Club.

Jill Weston, the administrator at the Ludwick Family Club, told the WHT it was a very positive meeting and helped to “stop anger from residents”.

“We’ve hopefully resolved the anger that was shown over the double parking [drivers parking on both sides of the roads], which was the main issue.

“Everyone that came to the meeting was given their chance to speak and were responded to with a possible solution,” she said.

“We’re very lucky to have a Pc as accessible as Mike, who has really helped with the issue, residents who monitor the situation, and with the church opening up their car park, we’re really hopeful that there will become the resolution.”

Other issues brought up included motorists who were parking on the newly-laid double yellow lines, speeding, abusive taxi drivers, as well as parking issues created by other places such as Douglas Tilbe House, Isabel Hospice and the Autumn Grove scout hut.

“It was decided that we will be inviting these groups to the next meeting at the end of October,” added Jill.

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