‘Open up our car parks’ plea to boost Berkhamsted at weekends is shot down

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A plan to open up long-stay parking spaces to short-stay weekend visitors to Berkhamsted has been shot down by borough leaders.

Town councillors had complained that the current parking policy creates a shortage of places for shoppers and leads to drivers being fined unnecessarily.

The town’s St John’s Well Lane car park has about 30 short-stay spaces, but nearly 80 long-stay spaces.

Councillor Garrick Stevens told a recent town council meeting: “There’s only one site in the borough that continues to operate with a segregated parking system. I think we ought to change it.”

Dacorum Borough Council says all long-stay spaces will be transferred to Berkhamsted’s new Lower Kings Road multi-storey car park, should it go ahead.

Until then, plans are that the designated parking areas in St John’s Well Lane car park remain the same throughout the week.

Town councillor Tom Ritchie said the borough thinks any changes would be ‘too complicated’ to implement at the moment.

He said: “We need to discuss a resolution. We need to find a mechanism for taking this back to the borough council and I do not think this is the place to do that.”

The plan will now be discussed by the town council’s transport and environment committee on Monday, February 10.

It could be at least two years before the multi-storey car park is built, town councillors were recently told.

The Gazette reported last week that a meeting to decide whether the multi-storey plan proceed or not has been delayed for a second time by the borough council.