An NHS mobile breast screening unit planned to be based in Croxley Green has been forced to relocate to Watford due to a car obstructing the planned site at Community Way Car Park.
One resident said: “I am one of the ladies who had to go to Asda this week [W/C February 14] along with my colleague.
“I just can’t believe it. If my car was parked in that space, I would think I would have been contacted and asked me to move the car.
“Relocating the mobile unit has caused real havoc. I don’t understand why Hertfordshire CC and TRDC have not approached the police.”
Hertfordshire Police confirmed that the local team have been made aware, but said it is something that sits with the council as the parking enforcement authority and wouldn’t be a matter for police in this instance.
A spokesperson for Three Rivers District Council said: “The car park is owned by the council and civil parking enforcement is undertaken on its behalf by Hertsmere Borough Council.
“Parking is free for up to 36 hours. Unfortunately, this can lead to some people parking their cars for long periods of time. On this occasion the car in question had been parked in the space prior to notices advising of the spaces being required for the breast screening unit being posted and the owner was very probably unaware of the need to move their car.
“Regrettably this is the second occasion that similar difficulties have been encountered by the NHS. We are told by an NHS representative that on the first occasion the owner of the vehicle observed the attempt to park the unit and removed their car allowing the unit to be parked after a wait of some hours.
“However this year the problem could not be overcome within acceptable timescales and the unit was moved to an alternative location swiftly that morning so as to minimise disruption to services.”
Hertsmere Borough Council chose to make no comment.