An Old Town trader fed up of people being stung by ‘confusing’ parking has taken matters into her own hands – by blocking off the problem bays.
Michelle Smith, proprietor of Off The Wall Antiques in the High Street, wants to warn potential visitors to the newly renovated area that they may receive penalty fines for parking in what could be used as a bus stop.
She has placed a sign and mannequin from her shop in the bay directly in front of the business, where many Old Town shoppers have been ticketed.
She said: “It’s the only way to get people to notice what’s happening here. I don’t know why we have a lane for buses when there are no buses coming through here.
“I do understand why the signage telling people about the parking is small, it is to reduce street clutter, and we don’t want yellow lines back.
“It looks absolutely beautiful here now, but the parking is turning people against coming up here.
“We shouldn’t have a car park with four disabled parking spaces, and while the traders were initially pleased about a bus route passing through here, we now don’t want it if it will cause problems with parking. We need to rethink the whole issue.
“It’s a ghost town at the moment – yet again people are being alienated.”
Dacorum Borough Council says it is still in discussions with bus operators about using the Old Town as a public transport route. More from the local authority to follow.