Parking review is signed off and Berkhamsted won’t dodge biggest price hikes in the borough


Plans to restrict parking to a four hour maximum stay at a village car park have been scrapped by the councillor in charge of the borough-wide car parking review - but Berkhamsted will not be able to dodge the biggest price hikes despite criticism.

Councillor Julie Laws, who oversees environmental services and sustainability, this week signed off changes proposed under the Dacorum Borough Council parking review.

Motorists visiting Berkhamsted’s car park will face across the board charge increases - a move that has been slammed by some town councillors.

But Kings Langley politicians are celebrating a victory after a petition with almost 1,000 signatures persuaded Mrs Laws to shelve plans to introduce a maximum stay at the free Langley Hill car park.

The car parking shake-up is expected to bring in £70,000 in revenue each year for the authority.

Under the changes a 30-minute stay tariff in the Water Gardens (south) car park will be introduced in a bid to increase footfall into Hemel Hempstead’s town centre.

The introduction of electric car club bays in Wood Lane End car park will ‘allow the council to test the viability of this type of initiative’ and bays dedicated to the use of electric cars while charging at The Forge, Canal Fields and Durrants Hill car parks will be enforced.

This is despite figures showing that usage of these charging points remains quite low, with the one at Durrants Hill only used for maintenance testing rather than someone topping up their green vehicle.

The points at Tring’s Forge and Berkhamsted’s Canal Fields car park have been put into action a total of 27 times since being installed and officials insist some of that usage is down to electric car drivers and not just maintenance tests.