The long and short of car parking confusion

Empty: The long stay section of the Frogmore Street East car park on a Saturday, by the Red Cross Hall in Tring
Empty: The long stay section of the Frogmore Street East car park on a Saturday, by the Red Cross Hall in Tring

A shop owner has called for a parking shake-up in Tring after struggling to find a short stay space on a Saturday – despite there being numerous empty long stay spaces.

Jonathan Edwards, owner of gift store Fancy That in the High Street, hit the problem at the Frogmore Street East car park at about midday on a Saturday – peak shopping time – yet scores of long stay spaces were left empty.

He said: “I’m not sure that the current long and short stay parking arrangements are working, in the way that was intended to help the town.

“During the week the Frogmore Street long stay section never seems full and at weekends looks positively empty.”

County councillor and former town mayor Nick Hollinghurst admitted that the situation needed a review.

He said: “We’d need to do a thorough survey before we took the decision. We want to avoid a confusing situation.”

In April 2012, confusing changes were made to spaces in The Forge car park, meaning users were getting tickets and not understanding why.

The town warden will be monitoring the car parks and gathering evidence for the long stay lack of demand.

Findings will then be put forward to Dacorum Borough Council, in the hope a survey will take place.

Leader of Tring Town Council John Allan said: “I can see no reason why there should not just be one universal type of bay in all Tring car parks and the appropriate short term or long term ticket purchased.

“This would make parking much easier, and I cannot see that it would bring in any less revenue.”

If you feel strongly about car parking in Tring, contact your specific ward councillor at http://www.tring.gov.uk/councillors.html.