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RISKY BUSINESS: Garston residents worry about lack of safety around new shops on the Meriden

 Published on: 27th May 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Garston residents have highlighted road safety concerns after many people have been parking close to the new Meriden shopping parade.

Shop owners in the Gossamers, Garston, have had to close their premises temporarily during the construction of the Meriden Estate.

They have been told it’s going to be several months before they can move to the newly built shops in York Way. The only shop that was able to re-open is the Co-op.

Resident Cathryn Barr spoke to GarstonNews and said: “The main issue is parking they should have opened up the parking before they open up the shops.

“People are parking right in front of the shop (Co-op) blocking the road. People can’t walk past and it’s making it difficult for drivers.”

Another concern is the temporary absence of a post office.

Cathryn continued: “We got no post office and a lot of elderly residents. A lot of elderly walk to shops and they can’t drive, this is a real struggle for them.

“They absolutely dropped the ball here (Watford Community Housing) they haven’t taken any of the concerns of the residents of this estate we have been totally let down.”

Ruchell Peng, senior project manager, Watford Community Housing said:

“We are aware of residents’ concerns relating to road safety and parking close to the new Meriden shopping parade. This land is owned and managed by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC). We are working closely with HCC and have agreed to some temporary measures to alleviate traffic congestion.

“We are currently offering all residents access to a free shuttle bus service from the Meriden to the Post Office on Bushey Mill Lane, and an interim pop-up Post Office service will shortly be available at the Meriden Community Centre too. This is due to open by the end of June and will remain open until the Post Office is ready to move into its brand-new site in the parade.”

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