Private road parking problems are ‘lunacy’

Parking problems in Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead.
Parking problems in Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead.

Workers on an industrial unit where parking is at a premium fear head-on collisions could be just around the corner.

Staff based in Eastman Way, on Hemel Hempstead’s giant Maylands industrial estate, say cars frequently park on pavements and in dangerous blind spots near to the entrance of the road, causing many near-misses.

For Warren Davies, sales manager at PAC Air, the problem needs urgent attention.

He said: “It is impossible to get out of our base, and it makes it hard for our customers or people who are new to the area to park.

“The argument is there aren’t many parking spaces. There have almost been accidents but I think there will be more and more until it is resolved.

“It is a total blind spot and to have cars parked the way they are is ridiculous.”

Because the road is privately owned by the landlords of neighbouring company XL Video, Dacorum Borough Council’s parking department is unable to enforce parking restrictions, even though there are double yellow lines in place.

The parked cars also create a hazard for pedestrians who are forced to walk in the road rather than on the pavements.

XL Video’s managing director Lee Spencer is also frustrated. He said: “We have issued letters to all of the business along the road telling people not to park.

“The situation could potentially create a head-on collision, but the letters haven’t had any impact.

“It is absolute lunacy, there will be an accident at some point.

“It has got to the point where we may have to hire private ticketers. That may be the next step we have to take.

“I don’t particularly like having to do things like that but the problem really is the limited parking. We are happy to discuss it with other businesses including PAC Air.”