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Parking on pavement by new play area ‘accident waiting to happen’

 Published on: 9th September 2016   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) have come under fire for the new play area along South Way, with many considering the development poorly organised.


The debate was sparked by families parking along South Way road, causing obstruction to both pedestrians and other vehicles alike.

Parking has been an issue since the nearest public car park, Leavesden Country Park car park, is a 20 minute walk away from the new play area and there is no sign that a new car park will be built.


Many people have been quick to express their views on Facebook.


One comment online read: “I saw two lorries having to negotiate passing the parked cars, it’s an accident waiting to happen.”


Another post, written by Darren Oliver, read: “The park is there for the enjoyment for everyone, be it local or international. It was built by Bellway and will now be maintained by the public purse.


“Therefore, the council have a statutory obligation to keep people safe both inside the play park and its surroundings, whether they walk to it or drive to it, it makes no odds.


“As we are all human you will not stop everyone from parking on the pavement, which is contrary to Rule 244 of the Highway Code, be it laziness or people with less mobility – you can’t blame either – we all have busy lives and we want everything done in an instant.”


Darren’s proposal was a small car park or lay-by funded at the taxpayers’ expense to alleviate the issue.


Hear what else Darren had to say, and more, in the September edition of My Abbots News, which was distributed on September 2.


Picture courtesy of Ryan Cox, Facebook

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