A new parking system has been put in place at Woodside Leisure Centre, meaning customers can now park for a maximum of four hours.
The new restrictions came into effect on 16 January and enforce a maximum time limit for all vehicles in the lower car parks including disabled blue badge holders.
Parking for leisure centre users remains free, but users will need to display a valid ticket to avoid being fined.
The system was put in place after some leisure centre users reported they struggled to find parking spaces due to cars being left for long periods.
The restriction aims to discourage people from parking in the lower car parks all day and to free up much-needed spaces for users of the leisure centre.
Cllr Richard Wenham, Councillor for Woodside said: “The new parking system will mean more spaces for leisure centre and park users and stop spaces being taken up all day by those not using the facilities. This will benefit all using Woodside’s leisure facilities.”
The lower carparks have been fitted with seven display parking machines; users must obtain a ticket and display this clearly in their vehicle’s windscreen.
Failure to show a valid ticket will result in a parking fine Penalty Charge Notice enforced by Watford Borough Council.
The current hours of operation for parking still apply – Monday to Friday 6.30am to 10.30pm and Saturday and Sunday 7.30am to 8pm.
The four-hour restriction will not apply to the top car park (adjacent to the cricket pitch).
As part of the changes, new pick up and drop off spaces have been installed along the access road to the leisure centre reception.
These bays will be restricted to a maximum stay of 20 minutes.