Council explore road restrictions in Boxmoor to solve parking problem

Streets in Boxmoor are crowded with parking from commuters
Streets in Boxmoor are crowded with parking from commuters
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Crowded residential streets near the rail station could face a ban on commuter parking.

Dacorum Borough Council is exploring the possibility of putting in place restrictions on five streets in Boxmoor to prevent passengers using the rail station leaving their cars all day in nearby streets.

The proposals would see Alston Road, Bulbourne Close, Green End Road, Sebright Road and Bargrove Avenue placed with restrictions from 8am until 5:30pm preventing commuters from parking on the roads.

These would include permit holder spaces only and no waiting restrictions, and would be known as Zone G.

It comes after a similar scheme – Zone X – was introduced for the Moorland Road and Kingsland Road areas of Boxmoor in 2014.

Residents in the area have been consulted for the last year, as it is believed Zone X has simply moved commuters into the proposed new area.

But residents of nearby roads including Cowper Road and Thorne Close argued that the new proposals were actually reducing spaces for residents, and felt it unfair to have to pay the council for a permit to park on their road.

No decision has yet been made by the council after the report from its consultants ‘Project Centre’, but it recommends that the council proceeds with the scheme on the five roads where residents supported it.

Ian Burton, a resident of The Poplars – one of the roads which rejected the scheme – remained unconvinced.

He said: “It is clear that there is inadequate affordable parking for commuters.

“It seems clear that once new zones are introduced, commuters and other rail users will have no choice other than to park on roads that are being left out of the scheme.”