A pub’s plans to introduce automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras have prompted an outcry from residents.
The Red House pub is located on Watford Road and is very close to the nearby Croxley London Underground station. Due to this proximity, many residents have been known to use its car park when using the rail network, or going to the shops, despite signage stating it is for patrons only.
However, the pay and display used by the pub has now been replaced by ANPR cameras, with people having to put in their car’s registration number when in the building.
Residents however, have expressed their disappointment at the decision, stating that it will create major issues for those travelling into the village centre.
Taking to social media, one resident said: “That’s a bust for the small businesses on the parade and patients of the dentist and opticians, considering everywhere else is permits only. What a move from the big chain.”
Another expressed their displeasure, stating: “I will no longer be using the Red House. And have been and told them as much. Boycott I say!”
A spokesperson for the Red House said: “We will be implementing a new system in our car parks, located at the side and back of the pub.
“The system allows customers to enter their vehicle registration number on a screen when coming into the pub, and they can park for free.
“Over the years we’ve seen increasing numbers of people using the car parks, but not the pub, and this has meant customers have been unable to park and access the pub.
“We are listening to the community and any concerns over the system change and are currently liaising with the council.”
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