A Watford resident, who wished to remain anonymous, has had their say on controlled parking zones (CPZ) in the town.
I live on a road which is within a CPZ, which means that I have to have a permit to park on my road between 8am and 6.30pm every day except Sundays. My household is entitled to two permits, but there are three people in my house who all need a car in order to get to work.
I’ve been using visitor permits when necessary, but these recently ran out and so I was unable to park on my road at the risk of getting a parking ticket. My only option was to park on a road a 10-minute walk away from my house. When I went to get my car the next day, someone had lifted the front and back windscreen wipers – obviously as they weren’t happy someone who doesn’t live on the street was taking up a space.
On another occasion, I had no option but to park a 25-minute walk from my road. This was obviously inconvenient, but once it starts getting dark at 4pm, I don’t particularly like the thought of having to walk 25 minutes through the dark from my car to my house.
This is especially a problem on Saturdays. While I use my car to get to work during the week, at the weekend I try to use my car as little as possible in order to lessen my carbon footprint. But I spend a lot of time playing musical chairs and driving around looking for a parking space – which isn’t exactly helping the environment.
Could Watford Borough Council not consider offering residents the option of buying a third household permit, so I’m not having to worry about getting a ticket every time I park my car?