After two years of advocating for road safety reforms on York Way in the Meriden, Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has finally granted permission to Watford Community Housing (WCH) to draw up plans for a new footway scheme.
Hertfordshire County Councillor Stephen Cavinder, who represents the Meriden Tudor ward in Watford, told GarstonNews that he met with representatives from HCC, Watford Borough Council (WBC) and WCH to discuss pedestrian safety concerns around the Meriden Estate on September 8.
Now HCC has told Cavinder that despite previous conclusions that the road was safe and usable, they have decided to establish a new footpath scheme after all.
For residents who witnessed a driver ramming his car through the window of the Co-Op on Friday, October 20, the news that pedestrian safety in the area is being taken seriously comes as a great relief.
“I’ve been badgering on about the need for footway protection for two years now,” confided cllr Cavinder. “I’m pleased to say that we’ve finally got the result we’ve been waiting for. It won’t be too much longer before WCH informs us of next steps.”
A WCH spokesperson said: “We’re pleased to confirm a positive outcome to our continued requests for physical barriers along the shopping parade on York Way, to ensure it is safe and pleasant for residents.
“Hertfordshire County Council has agreed to the inclusion of street furniture to provide extra safety for pedestrians and prevent illegal parking.
“Subject to approval by Hertfordshire County Council, this is likely to include items such as benches, planters and cycle racks, which will not only improve safety but will also enhance the local environment for the community.”
Photo: A parked car blocks pedestrian access on York Way