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COMMUTER CHOAS: Parking bays set to be removed in Kings Langley

 Published on: 26th September 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Three Rivers District Council have confirmed parking bays along Station Road in Kings Langley are suspended pending legal action to remove them completely.

The 14 parking bays were implemented in August but after widespread disruption, council chiefs had to rethink their strategy.

Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst, lead member for transport and economic development, who chaired a meeting on September 24, told Kingsnews that the bays “looked good on paper”.

He said: “We’ve agreed to rescind the scheme but there’s a legal process before we can remove the bays.

“At the moment we’ve agreed to suspend the use of the bays so parking enforcement officers can issue tickets to people who park there. They will first give a written warning to users and then tickets for persistent parking.

“It was signed off by the county council and Herts Highways as it looked good on paper, but the reality was that there was a problem. TRDC are speaking with relevant parties to why this wasn’t picked up and they will be consulting with county officers.”

The district council approved the scheme based on the “expert advice” by two traffic specialist firms.

A TRDC spokeswoman commented: “A report was presented to a council committee last night seeking the revocation of a Traffic Regulation Order for the recently installed long stay parking bays in Station Road.

“This was an urgent report, brought forward as a result of concerns that the parking scheme in Kings Langley had not fully take into account the physical dynamics of the local road conditions and existing traffic calming features and as such was leading to additional congestion and possibly reduce safety.

“The report was unanimously agreed. The use of the parking bays has been revoked immediately and a three week consultation on their permanent removal will be carried out, as required by law.”

Cllr Sara Bedford added: “These parking bays were agreed by Herts County Council and the police. Although they met all the required criteria on paper, as soon as they were installed it became clear they did not work in practice. I instigated an immediate review and swift action has been taken.”

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