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Council to tackle parking on pavements and verges

Public asked to photograph offending vehicles


Driver blocks pedestrian route on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park  Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Driver blocks pedestrian route on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

An increase in “inappropriate parking” has led Welwyn Hatfield to introduce Verge Protection Orders (VPO) prohibiting parking on “footways, verges, vehicle crossovers and other green areas”.

The aim is to stop pedestrians being forced to walk in the road when a vehicle is blocking the way, and to protect the borough’s grass verges.

Car parked on Moffats Lane, Brookmans Park
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Cars are regularly parked blocking the pavement on Bluebridge Road, Moffats Lane, and on some pedestrian areas and grass verges around Bradmore Green. The registration numbers of the two vehicles above have been obscured for privacy reasons.

The orders currently apply to five wards in the borough, and don't include the two North Mymms wards of Welham Green or Brookmans Park and Little Heath.

However, the council is inviting anyone who feels their road or the two local wards should be included to call on 01707 357000 or email at contact-whc@welhat.gov.uk.

The request will then “be added to the investigation list for consideration of a future work programme”.

Community asked to help identify offenders

Car parked on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Car parked on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Welwyn Hatfield has a byelaw in place to prevent “inappropriate parking”, but the council says it’s becoming increasing difficult to take enforcement action because it can only be enforced when an officer witnesses a parking offence.

And this is where the council needs the community’s help, even if the vehicle is parked in an area not covered by a VPO.

Council officers want residents to report incidents along with the vehicle’s registration number, exact location, and a photograph of the vehicle showing the registration number. The date and time should also be included.

The council will then search for the “registered keeper” details via the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and write to them advising them not to park in such areas.

But the local authority warns anyone taking photographs to take care. “If residents are taking photos of other people’s cars, please ensure you take care and do not put yourself at any risk.”

Welwyn Hatfield says if anyone sees a car that is parked dangerously, or is causing an obstruction, they should call the police on 101.

A two-page flyer (below) has been delivered to households throughout the borough to raise awareness of the issue.

A two-page flyer (below) has been delivered throughout the borough to raise awareness of the issue






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