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NEWBERRIES: Should the Radlett car park be left alone?

 Published on: 25th August 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Last month we asked residents what they wanted to see happen to Newberries Car Park after Hertsmere Borough Council (HBC) put it on the market.

While some responded with suggestions, there was a common theme – many wanted it left as it is.

Radlett resident Melvyn Allen said: “Here is an idea, leave it alone. It is a valuable asset to the community. In the article, councillor John Graham magnanimously states that he would like to move forward on a preferred scheme which retains the existing number of car parking spaces. When one takes the parking requirements for whatever is to be built on that site, plus potentially over 1,000 new dwellings in Radlett as per the local plan in the coming years, how can the existing number of spaces suffice?

“In addition, everyone in Radlett knows what immense traffic congestion was caused in just one day when the attempted Harper Lane Bridge scheme was started. Can you imagine what huge traffic jams would occur during the building of a massive development as proposed, right in the centre of Radlett?”

Prior to the decision to put the car park on the market, Labour councillor for Borehamwood Kenilworth, Kumail Jaffer, said in a HBC meeting: “There’s no doubt that Newberries Car Park sits at the heart of Radlett high street. The residents say the bays are always full – it begs the question of whether we should not protect the ability for those less mobile to take advantage of this asset.

“Also in an age where the high street is in great decline, is it not our responsibility to enhance them rather than simply selling off assets to the highest bidder?”

HBC councillor John Graham, portfolio holder for property and finance previously said community engagement is key as plans for Newberries Car Park move forward.

He said: “Whilst we pride ourselves in our enterprising approach we also strive hard to be an authority that engages with our residents and communities. We have harnessed the views gathered through constructive dialogue with residents, businesses and business people, from emails and letters received, and dedicated focus group reports.”

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