Bid to stop Berkhamsted’s parking permits plan fails

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POLITICIANS will push ahead with a plan for two residents-only parking zones despite an emergency meeting called to review the scheme.

Berkhamsted Town Council wants to create two parking zones around the railway station and Charles Street to create more spaces for householders.

But the plan has been met with opposition by members of the public during several meetings on the topic.

The town council had voted to carry the plans to formal consultation, which was backed by Dacorum Borough Council.

More than 50 protesters were at a public meeting called by Dacorum Borough Council’s Liberal Democrat group to review plans that it said were “unpopular”.

The meeting on Wednesday was held by the borough council’s strategic, planning and environment overview and scrutiny committee.

But it was decided that the next stage of formal public consultation on the plans will go ahead as planned.

Speaking after the meeting Nigel Granger, landlord of The Rising Sun pub in Berkhamsted, said: “It was an absolute charade, pushed through by the Conservatives.”

But Julie Laws, who is a borough and town councillor, denied that the Tory-majority borough council was unfairly supporting the plan of a Tory-majority town council.

She said: “I would say that the members of the committee went in with an open mind to listen to the evidence and formulate their own views.”

Read more in next week’s Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette, out on Wednesday, May 9.