Councillor demands Hertfordshire County Council repair grass verge in Studio Way in Borehamwood

Residents have accused Hertfordshire County Council of not doing enough to keep their town looking nice after it failed to repair an “eyesore” of a grass verge.

The verge in Studio Way in Borehamwood is being repeatedly churned up as people park their cars there.

Elvin Sorkin, who lives across the road, said it was an “eyesore”.

He added: “The grass verge has been ruined, it has been completely churned up. As well as being unsightly it’s also dangerous. A blind person or an old person coming along could slip on it and hurt themselves.”

Mr Sorkin said he had raised the issue with Councillor Richard Butler after he was asked to by his neighbour who had cancer and was distressed by the state of the verge.

But although the representative for Cowley Hill repeatedly asked Hertfordshire County Council’s Highways department to take action, all attempts failed.

Mr Sorkin added: “Hertfordshire's highways department should do something about it, by repairing the verge and preventing people from parking on it.

“I do not see why it has taken so long.”

Cllr Butler said he would keep putting pressure on the county council until the verge was repaired.

He said: “The verge is a disgrace. We want people to take pride in our town, we don’t want Borehamwood to look like a dump. How can we ask them to take care of it when the council fails to do its duty?”

“The council should be making people aware they should not park on grass verges and take action against those that do.”

A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said: “An inspection of Studio Way determined that there had been some minor verge damage.

“However, it was not considered a safety concern and as such was categorised a low priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and will take action in the future if necessary.”

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5:24pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Unsullied says...

This a Boreham Wood wide problem. The sooner the powers that be issue tickets to any selfish driver caught doing this the better.
This a Boreham Wood wide problem. The sooner the powers that be issue tickets to any selfish driver caught doing this the better. Unsullied

10:00pm Thu 12 Dec 13

DSW says...

Readers,whoever you are, go and view the mess along Aycliffe Road between Greenside and Torworth Road. Disgusting.
Readers,whoever you are, go and view the mess along Aycliffe Road between Greenside and Torworth Road. Disgusting. DSW

7:29am Fri 13 Dec 13

JLS of wd6 says...

Hillside Avenue is bad as well. Also, on Manor Way the cars park completely on the grass area. Apparently it is not illegal to park on the grass, only drive on it so they have to be caught in the act, although how the car could have got there without being driven I'm not entirely sure!
Hillside Avenue is bad as well. Also, on Manor Way the cars park completely on the grass area. Apparently it is not illegal to park on the grass, only drive on it so they have to be caught in the act, although how the car could have got there without being driven I'm not entirely sure! JLS of wd6

12:44pm Fri 13 Dec 13

scovill says...

It is a problem - not too bad around organ hall but when I do see people doing it on our verges I leave notes on the window. Telling them in no uncertain terms that this is not acceptable.
It is a problem - not too bad around organ hall but when I do see people doing it on our verges I leave notes on the window. Telling them in no uncertain terms that this is not acceptable. scovill

4:04pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Justin1974 says...

The one outside Merrtyfield School on Theobald Street is bad as well.
The one outside Merrtyfield School on Theobald Street is bad as well. Justin1974

4:33pm Fri 13 Dec 13

John_W says...

Go to the Junction of Hillside and Cardinal around 4:15 and see the parents from Yavneh parked across driveways, in residents bays and on double yellow lines while they collect their children.
Head of the Governors said it wasn't their problem and they would "put a note in the newsletter".
Parking at all the schools in Borehamwood is a problem.
Go to the Junction of Hillside and Cardinal around 4:15 and see the parents from Yavneh parked across driveways, in residents bays and on double yellow lines while they collect their children. Head of the Governors said it wasn't their problem and they would "put a note in the newsletter". Parking at all the schools in Borehamwood is a problem. John_W

1:47pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Keir from here says...

This is what happens when the council grant planning permission for new developments without adequate parking provision.

Has anyone seen the parking chaos around the flats built on the old Oakland's College site?

I fear that the developers are being allowed to develop these projects with an allowance of far to few spaces per home.

If the Isopad house scheme goes ahead, I fear it will be even worse.

I know that parking spaces are taken into account when granting permission - I think the planning committee need to be far more strenuous in their demands of the developers.
This is what happens when the council grant planning permission for new developments without adequate parking provision. Has anyone seen the parking chaos around the flats built on the old Oakland's College site? I fear that the developers are being allowed to develop these projects with an allowance of far to few spaces per home. If the Isopad house scheme goes ahead, I fear it will be even worse. I know that parking spaces are taken into account when granting permission - I think the planning committee need to be far more strenuous in their demands of the developers. Keir from here

8:24am Tue 17 Dec 13

John_W says...

A number of years ago there was a plan to re-develop Cardinal Court in to retirement flats. There was not even one parking space per flat.
The developer claimed it was to encourage residents and visitors to use alternate transport...
I used to drive down to the old library on occasion. It was incredibly difficult to park as it tended to be used by customers of the Venue who didn't want to pay parking fees.
Like it or not, we live in the age of the two car family and developers need to realise this and plan accordingly.
A number of years ago there was a plan to re-develop Cardinal Court in to retirement flats. There was not even one parking space per flat. The developer claimed it was to encourage residents and visitors to use alternate transport... I used to drive down to the old library on occasion. It was incredibly difficult to park as it tended to be used by customers of the Venue who didn't want to pay parking fees. Like it or not, we live in the age of the two car family and developers need to realise this and plan accordingly. John_W

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