Delay over new parking zone near St Albans hospital

ST ALBANS: Residents bearing the brunt of dangerous parking in streets near City Hospital are still waiting for Herts Highways to paint lines on roads outside their homes to indicate a new controlled parking zone.

Following complaints from local residents and councillors, a controlled parking area is being introduced in Alban Avenue, Batchwood View, Eleanor Avenue, High Grove and Margaret Avenue.

A council spokes-woman said: “This will ensure residents are able to park outside their homes and other road users will have to use the non-council car park at the hospital.”

The issue of dangerous parking was recently highlighted by the Herts Advertiser after an ambulance’s path was obstructed by vehicles in a street near the hospital.

A letter sent to residents advising them of the changes said it was hoped that, depending on the weather, lines and signage indicating the controlled parking would be completed by September 24. It also said that once the need for permits had been advertised, the zone was expected to become effective in early October. Once imposed, residents in the parking zone will need to display a permit in vehicles parked in streets during the hours of control.