'It’s going to end in violence' – Drayton Road residents row over parking permits

Borehamwood Times: Geoff Newton contacted the Borehamwood Times after the situation began to cause huge tensions among neighbours. Geoff Newton contacted the Borehamwood Times after the situation began to cause huge tensions among neighbours.

Residents have had enough as their road is being "taken over" by motorists allegedly abusing the parking permit system.

The influx of parked cars has angered Drayton Road residents who now cannot park outside their own home.

Geoff Newton contacted the Borehamwood Times after the situation began to cause huge tensions among neighbours.

He claims that residents of Shenley Road, who are allocated F Zone permits, are parking their cars outside properties on his road and that some are now being provided with incorrect parking permits for Zone B, which can be used in Drayton Road.

Mr Newton explained that he only has a small car but finding somewhere to park can still be stressful- particularly in the evenings.

He said: “It has never got to the point where we’ve not been able to park our car somewhere on the road, even if it’s at the other end, but it’ll be only a matter of months before that changes.

“It’s been such a problem in the road that it has begun affecting the relationships between neighbours. People have already started to argue - all over parking permits and spaces.”

Pauline Poole, who has lived in Drayton Road since 1983, recently had to call the police after she felt she was being threatened after confronting someone about parking on the road.

She said: “People are abusing the system- they won’t walk a little further and they won’t pay. But then they park outside my house and get angry when I tell them to move on.”

Mr Newton added: “It’s going to end in violence, I’m sure of it. This is the second incident in six months where it has come close to it and the police have had to be called. It’s crackers, but it’s making me consider moving somewhere else.”

The road previously had a problem with commuters parking in the area before getting a train into London, but Mr Newton said these have now all been reported and dealt with well.

He has now made a number of complaints about these further problems to Hertsmere Borough Council, who said they will be looked into as part of the Controlled Parking Zone reviews being carried out.

Councillor Jean Heywood, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “A CPZ is introduced to ensure local residents have the opportunity to park their vehicles close to their homes and not to be affected by commuter parking. All residents and their visitors have equal opportunities for parking in the area and no guarantee can be given that anyone will be able to park directly outside their home.

“Residents of Shenley Road are issued with an F Zone permit entitling them to park in the nearest side road to where they live as they are unable to park on Shenley Road itself.”

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4:39pm Thu 5 Jun 14

CliffT says...

Why do so many people think they own the parking space outside their house?

It's a PUBLIC road.
Why do so many people think they own the parking space outside their house? It's a PUBLIC road. CliffT
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6:43pm Thu 5 Jun 14

John_W says...

On Cardinal Avenue we have this problem too.
To make matters worse parents colecting from Yavneh have taken to parking in residents bays during the afternoon. When we complained, they said they would put a note in the newspaper.
When I photographed cars (to save writting down numbers) they threatened to report ME to the Police!
I contacted CPZ and they said they would "do what they could", which seems to be practicaly nothing...
On Cardinal Avenue we have this problem too. To make matters worse parents colecting from Yavneh have taken to parking in residents bays during the afternoon. When we complained, they said they would put a note in the newspaper. When I photographed cars (to save writting down numbers) they threatened to report ME to the Police! I contacted CPZ and they said they would "do what they could", which seems to be practicaly nothing... John_W
  • Score: 29

1:22am Fri 6 Jun 14

watfordman says...

try going in tescos bwood at 3.30pm its chaos , these parents go the wrong way in and out , double park , stop anywhere when they park the kids walk in the road from yavneh , no one does a thing , no wonder tescos , shops are failing and sales are faling , its chaos for customers caused by a school,
try going in tescos bwood at 3.30pm its chaos , these parents go the wrong way in and out , double park , stop anywhere when they park the kids walk in the road from yavneh , no one does a thing , no wonder tescos , shops are failing and sales are faling , its chaos for customers caused by a school, watfordman
  • Score: 28

10:57pm Fri 6 Jun 14

John_W says...

3:10 today.
Eight cars in residents bays, two on double yellow lines and a couple driving and using handheld mobiles.
The Chair of th board of Governers emailed me and said she had been down to the junction and couldn't see what the problem was.
3:10 today. Eight cars in residents bays, two on double yellow lines and a couple driving and using handheld mobiles. The Chair of th board of Governers emailed me and said she had been down to the junction and couldn't see what the problem was. John_W
  • Score: 21

11:43pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Borehamwood John says...

Feel sorry for the people who can't park in there own parking bays, but that was always going to happen. As the council are only concerned with building more houses in Borehamwood so that the rest of Hertsmere doesn't become overcrowded, parking will become a premium.
You only have to walk around Borehamwood to see selfish parking, include what's happening in your article, plus Tesco car park at school finishing time and all around Borehamwood, cars being parked on green areas including the failed Tory councillor, Goodmans running his business from the side of the road.
Until the council actually do something about it, nothing will change.
Feel sorry for the people who can't park in there own parking bays, but that was always going to happen. As the council are only concerned with building more houses in Borehamwood so that the rest of Hertsmere doesn't become overcrowded, parking will become a premium. You only have to walk around Borehamwood to see selfish parking, include what's happening in your article, plus Tesco car park at school finishing time and all around Borehamwood, cars being parked on green areas including the failed Tory councillor, Goodmans running his business from the side of the road. Until the council actually do something about it, nothing will change. Borehamwood John
  • Score: 28

12:05am Mon 9 Jun 14

watfordman says...

more common sense and intelligent comment is posted here than hertsmere council in 1 year , the most inactive ,useless council in england , also where is OUR M P mr clapison the missing man has he ever been seen in hertsmere . not where's wally more where's clappison .nice job 100' 000per year to do what exactly .this council helps no one or our MP . useless and ineffective.
more common sense and intelligent comment is posted here than hertsmere council in 1 year , the most inactive ,useless council in england , also where is OUR M P mr clapison the missing man has he ever been seen in hertsmere . not where's wally more where's clappison .nice job 100' 000per year to do what exactly .this council helps no one or our MP . useless and ineffective. watfordman
  • Score: 13

10:39am Tue 10 Jun 14

jgee says...

it's not just Drayton Road that is affected by this - all the roads off Shenley Road are affected.

I call Zone F - Zone Free for all as that's pretty much what it is. We have cars that park in our road, and leave them there for a couple of weeks without moving. I know it's a public road, but you should still show some decency for your own neighbours - there can't be that many residents who have Zone F, yet it seems that the majority of spaces are taken by Zone F.

Maybe they could have free parking in the Clarendon Road car park instead.
it's not just Drayton Road that is affected by this - all the roads off Shenley Road are affected. I call Zone F - Zone Free for all as that's pretty much what it is. We have cars that park in our road, and leave them there for a couple of weeks without moving. I know it's a public road, but you should still show some decency for your own neighbours - there can't be that many residents who have Zone F, yet it seems that the majority of spaces are taken by Zone F. Maybe they could have free parking in the Clarendon Road car park instead. jgee
  • Score: 5

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