Battle of the yellow lines in St Albans roads

Local residents L-R Emma Newton, Eric Duffin, Sabra Swinson, Phillip and Joseph Shoemaker, Millie, J

Local residents L-R Emma Newton, Eric Duffin, Sabra Swinson, Phillip and Joseph Shoemaker, Millie, John and Rose Searle protest about the council's plans to put double yellow lines outside their houses with no consultation - Credit: Archant

Proposed double yellow lines opposite the junction of two roads have infuriated residents who want a wider debate on the issue.

Herts county council is proposing to place double yellow lines around the junction of Briar Road and The Ridgeway, Marshalswick, and in front of four houses on The Ridgeway on the opposite side of the road to the junction.

It is the latter proposal that is concerning residents because they do not feel it is necessary and more debate is needed before any decision is taken.

Although the county council has consulted residents about the proposal - which has the backing of local county councillor Geoff Churchard and Sandridge parish council - no-one has been in contact since.

The Briar Road junction is on a bend along The Ridgeway where there has long been a problem with speeding vehicles.

While Ridgeway residents fully support yellow lines at the junction to improve sightlines, they cannot see a case for another block of double yellow lines opposite.

Ridgeway resident Eric Duffin said: “We feel that, despite our objections, there has been no consultation on the matter. Our views appear not to matter.”

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He said that the residents had not been made aware of a vote in support of the scheme by the parish council and no-one from the county council had visited to discuss the situation.

Mr Duffin added: “We fear that the yellow lines will be imposed on us without proper consultation. If they can do this to us then residents of St Albans should look out.”

A spokesperson for the county council said consultation had taken place and the responses were currently being considered before any decision was taken about whether or not to proceed with the scheme.