Abbots Langley residents were left furious when parking bays appeared along Station Road last month after no prior warning.
Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) have come under fire after the 14 parking bays were introduced, allowing permit holders to park between the hours of 9am to 5pm.
A spokesperson for TRDC said: “Three Rivers consulted on these proposed spaces in June 2018 and May 2019, allowing the public to voice any concerns, the traffic order was subsequently advertised and confirmed in June 2019.”
Residents have since angrily slammed the new parking scheme “absolutely ridiculous” and “pure greed”, labelling it money driven.
Speaking to AbbotsNews, a concerned resident said: “How on earth are they going to get HGV’s, buses and emergency service vehicles down there?
“We have age exclusive housing at the bottom of Abbots Road, right by the bridge, what if an elderly person needs the emergency services and an ambulance can’t get through.
“This is going to cause chaos, because there’s no way you’re going to get two cars through and there will be no free-flowing traffic, it will be mayhem.
“You get school kids going through on their bikes, how dangerous is that going to be for them, especially during rush hour.”
A concerned local businessman said: “Its irresponsible planning with no thought for local people or residents.
“It’s not a parking scheme, it’s a revenue scheme. It’s got nothing to do with local people, it will be outsiders coming in and blocking the roads who won’t care about the chaos they will be causing.
“A heavy goods vehicle will not be able to pass, and Oliver’s is opposite the bays, they are going to struggle massively getting in and out of their yard.
“You will not be able to pass two cars on that road, why and how was this scheme approved? Greed, pure and simple.”
Council leader councillor Sara Bedford said: “At my first glance, these spaces appear to be in the wrong place. I have asked that no permits be issued for these spaces and that parking be enforced there as previously, whilst we look at the effect these spaces will have on the traffic.
“If they are in the wrong place, or are interfering unduly with traffic flow, they will have to go.”
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