‘What shall we do with Somme-like car park?’

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Politicians are looking for a way to stop a car park from looking more like ‘the Somme’.

A meeting of Little Gaddesden Parish Council heard that the central part of the village’s Church Road parking spot is now ‘ankle deep in mud’, resembling the First World War battlefield

Councillors do not want to tarmac over the grassy area, next to Little Gaddesden Bowls Club, as they see it as an important green space.

But the alternative of laying grass protection mesh would also cause a problem as the mesh is prone to getting caught and torn up in lawnmowers, the recent meeting heard.

Council chairman Douglas Adams said: “The car park is looking very muddy and very soggy – there is quite a dip in it.”

Councillor Omer Kutluoglu said: “The middle section is ankle deep in mud.” But councillor David Brattle said fixing the problem could cost up to £8,000.

Mr Adams said: “Let’s try to find a solution for the Somme car park.”

The council is now investigating what to do next.