Parking chaos in St Albans city centre
09:39 16 January 2015
Duff traffic orders have resulted in a parking free-for-all in two busy city centre streets.
Since before Christmas, vehicles have been parking along Spencer Street and on both sides of the road in Market Place, St Albans, with traffic wardens taking no action.
And even though the council has posted notices around the two roads advising motorists that parking is currently free but still has to be in marked bays for a maximum of an hour, they admit it is only advisory and cannot be enforced.
Parking on the Town Hall side of Market Place has caused particular problems for large vehicles turning right from Spencer Street which have had manoeuvring difficulties.
One disgruntled motorist, who did not wish to be named, said: “The sooner they sort this out the better because ordinary customers can’t park there any more.
“It begs the question how people found out about this and were able to exploit it so quickly.”
He added: “It is grossly unfair to people visiting the area because where there should be regulated parking, you have a free for all.”
Maria Stagg, the district council’s regulatory services manager, explained that while carrying out a review of the Traffic Regulation Orders for part of Spencer Street and Market Place, the council found an anomaly.
It needs authorisation from the Department of Transport to make the necessary changes to continue enforcing parking restrictions in the area but as the government office was currently finalising new legislation in relation to signs and lines, the council had to wait until that was in place before a new order could be put in place.
She added: “We are very sorry if this is causing problems for residents and local businesses. Our parking contractors are aware of this issue and are working to maintain the flow of traffic in this area.”