Yellow lines in Digswell dont go far enough

DOUBLE yellow lines put down in a village have met a mixed reaction from residents. The new restrictions stretch down a large proportion of New Road in Digswell, from the junctions of Adele Avenue and Harmer Green Lane. However, commuters are still able

DOUBLE yellow lines put down in a village have met a mixed reaction from residents.

The new restrictions stretch down a large proportion of New Road in Digswell, from the junctions of Adele Avenue and Harmer Green Lane.

However, commuters are still able to park outside residents' homes not covered by the lines.

And this is something Andrew Bareham, who lives in the section of New Road not covered, believes needed addressing in the first place.

He said: "How much did it cost the council to put those lines down?

"Wouldn't it have been easier and cheaper just to put double yellow lines all the way down?

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"And people are now going faster because of the double yellow lines as they can see the junctions are clear."

A neighbour added: "It has not solved the parking issues. Commuters still travel miles to come here to park."

County councillor Richard Smith urged residents to stay patient until the second phase of the scheme - a restricted parking scheme - comes into force, likely to be within the next few months.

Cllr Smith said: "After quite a battle of persuading and working with the borough council, we've finally got there.

"There will be months where people will be frustrated but that will get sorted out soon."

Barry Glynn of the Digswell Residents Association (DRA) said: "So far the first little bit has worked. It's now safer on the junctions.

"Obviously double yellows police themselves regarding that no one will park on them.

"We know it's pushed commuters further down the road though, so we are keeping an eye on that.

And old issues like speeding have come back as the road is wider and you can drive on both sides."

Commuters are being advised to park at the free car park on Hertford Road, by the playing fields, which can hold 28 vehicles.

For more information www.digswellra.org.uk

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