Three Rivers District Councillor Martin Trevett has assured residents that a new parking meter installed in the town is not there to charge visitors.
Cllr Trevett sent an email following the installation of the meter in the Shire Lane car park to allay any fears about charging for parking.
The email said: “You may have noticed that a parking ticket machine has appeared in the Shire Lane car park, but don’t panic this is not a precursor to the introduction of pay and display, but merely an aid to more efficient enforcement.
“Residents using one of the 13 bays in the Shire Lane car park (thats the area outside the Dogs Trust shop) will be asked to get a ticket from the machine and display it, there will be NO CHARGE for the ticket and residents will still get 2 hours free. The machine will be operational as from 16th April but there will be a grace period of several weeks, to enable residents to get used to the system before any tickets for non-display are issued.”
Cllr Trevett’s email explained that the introduction of machines is a requirement of the Council’s new parking enforcement contract which came into effect on April 10.
The machines are designed to make enforcement more efficient for parking attendants.
He continued: “The proper enforcement of the parking limits is really important in maintaining the viability of the shops by ensuring a good turnover of spaces.”
Chorleywood residents association issued their own statement containing the same information, but criticised TRDC for not informing them of the situation.
It said: “Disappointingly, TRDC did not inform the CRA so we are getting this message out to you as soon as physically possible after gathering all the facts.
“The review of parking arrangements in Chorleywood is still scheduled for about a year’s time.
“We are currently conducting a parking survey with the shop owners, to go with the public survey run last year. Some replies are still awaited to enable us to complete our survey and to help inform any future parking changes.
“If we hear any more, and as we progress with the results of the survey, we will update you.”
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