As you may know, East Herts District Council want to start charging to park until 10pm in their car parks (Gascoyne Way, St Andrew's Street, etc), which are currently free after 6.30pm.
Lots of people in Hertford (like me) are opposing this and you can join us by responding to the council BY 30TH MAY
or by signing my petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/fairparkingforall
Putting aside the impact on the evening economy in Hertford, my main gripe about these proposals is that they totally ignore town centre residents
who have nowhere else to park.
In Gascoyne Way, we already have to pay up to £1,400 a year
(yes that's right!) to park during the day, but at least it's free for those who are only parking overnight. If these proposals go through, all residents will have to pay up to £260/year and have the hassle of buying tickets every day. In other car parks like Hartham Common and Port Vale, the council issues residents' permits for just £36/year, but apparently they 'don't have budget' for all of them. It's a postcode lottery.
Please comment here if you think residents' permits should be allowed in all car parks in Hertford. I'm responding to the EHDC consultation on behalf of residents so please message me if you'd like to sign a joint statement calling for residents' permits.