New regulations to stop parking in Maidenhead Street are unenforceable a month after being introduced.
A new Traffic Regulation Order came in to force on Monday 7th September but adequate signage to allow enforcement has not yet been installed by Hertfordshire County Council.
A £1m scheme to improve Maidenhead Street and Bull Plain was finished in early 2019, including new "gates" to prevent traffic from using the street during the daytime.
However, the number of vehicles using Maidenhead Street has increased significantly since the Spring, with motorists both parking in the street and using it as a shortcut, often ignoring the No Entry sign at the western end. This has also resulted in damage to the newly laid granite stone surface.
Following pressure from local councillors, the county council have implemented a new Traffic Regulation Order in the street, banning all vehicles except goods vehicles, market and street traders, emergency services and postal deliveries.
However, council officers did not install the legally correct signage before the new restrictions were introduced meaning that the new regulations could not be enforced.
In a quirk of local government, whilst it is the role of the county council to devise and implement parking restrictions, it is the role of the district council to enforce them.
In a statement issued on 16th September by Phil Bibby, the council's member for Highways said: "Hertfordshire County Council did, indeed, arrange the necessary Traffic Regulation Order to enable East Herts District Council, as the local Parking Authority, to enforce the new restrictions. Regrettably, due to the immense pressure on staff from the additional burdens placed upon them by the pandemic, and subsequent illness, there was a delay in ordering the required signs and, when received, these will be installed as soon as possible".
Despite new signage appearing in the street over recent days, the District Council have advised that additional signage is required before they can legally enforce the Traffic Order.
A spokesperson for East Herts Council added: "We are working closely with HCC on the implementation of a TRO and hope to be able to start enforcement there soon."
Update 10/10/20: New signage has now been installed in Maidenhead Street.
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