There are no plans to start charging people to park in Abbots Langley’s two main car parks despite the recent appearance of a machine in each one.
AbbotsNews readers contacted us to express their concerns after the machines were installed in The Causeway and Manor House car parks.
There were concerns the village could be about to go the same way as Rickmansworth where the amount of free parking was reduced and a new charging structure was introduced to the anger of many in the town.
One reader expressed her concerns.
She said: “I was under the impression this was not going to be the case in Abbots. I know my hairdresser was concerned because even if it was two hours free a lot of her clients having complex colourings would be affected. It’s only going to make on-street parking worse and Langley Road can be pretty awful at times and when I can’t access our driveway for various reasons I’ve had to park at the other end of the street.”
Members of Facebook group Abbots Langley Matters also expressed their worries.
Amanda J Delieu wrote: “I think it’s a sly way of introducing a parking charge in time. Why would they put in machines and not just a monitor camera? Money saved could go on more important things, such as crime prevention.”
Jodie Taylor questioned the need for the machines in the first place.
She wrote: “I believe it’s a waste of money and materials. I’ve never had an issue with parking and I’ve lived here for over 10 years, so I don’t see why these machines needed to be implemented in the first place.”
Sara Bedford, Three Rivers District Council leader, also represents Abbots Langley at parish and county level. She said there were no plans to start charging for parking in the village.
A TRDC spokesman confirmed her views.
She commented: “There are currently no plans to charge at the Abbots Langley car park. The parking ticket machines being installed at the moment are not to do with short-stay charging, but are part of a district-wide introduction of machines in all free car parks, required by our new parking enforcement contractor, Hertsmere BC.
“These are intended for future use for free-vend (which means that, at some point in the future yet to be determined, users would have to display a free ticket).”
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