Parking Enforcement

Brian Ellis made this Freedom of Information request to Hertsmere Borough Council

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Dear Hertsmere Borough Council,

Residents have had several increases to their council tax over the past few years. However the service that they receive continues to suffer.

Can you explain why in spite of numerous complaints about parking around the Sacred Heart School and Church on Merry Hill Road, the council does not act on illegal, anti-social and dangerous parking?

Every weekday afternoon, parents park on pavements, block driveways, park on double yellows and inconvenience residents.

Every Sunday morning, church-goers park their vehicles on the road, and obstruct pedestrians.

How many tickets have been issued on Merry Hill Road near the Sacred Heart School and Church in the last year?

Are there any plans to provide a service and ensure that residents are not troubled by anti-social drivers?

Yours faithfully,

Brian Ellis

foi, Hertsmere Borough Council

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Dear Mr Ellis,

 

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request received
13 March 2017.

 

Your request has now been considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act and/or Environmental Information Regulations and we are
able to respond as follows:

 

Your Request:

 

Can you explain why in spite of numerous complaints about parking around
the Sacred Heart School and Church on Merry Hill Road, the council does
not act on illegal, anti-social and dangerous parking?

 

Every weekday afternoon, parents park on pavements, block driveways, park
on double yellows and inconvenience residents. 

 

Every Sunday morning, church-goers park their vehicles on the road, and
obstruct pedestrians. 

 

How many tickets have been issued on Merry Hill Road near the Sacred Heart
School and Church in the last year?

 

Are there any plans to provide a service and ensure that residents are not
troubled by anti-social drivers?

 

Our Response:

 

Q.      Every weekday afternoon, parents park on pavements, block
driveways, park on double yellows and inconvenience residents

 

A.      The School restriction for Sacred Heart School in Merry Hill Road
is part of the Council’s monthly School Enforcement rota and is visited
each week on different days but not every day.

 

Q.      Every Sunday morning, church-goers park their vehicles on the
road, and obstruct pedestrians.

 

A.      The yellow line restriction is part of the daily enforcement and
where possible visited 3 - 5 times a week.

 

Q.      How many tickets have been issued on Merry Hill Road near the
Sacred Heart School and Church in the last year?

 

A.      Hertsmere Borough Council’s records show that 8 Penalty Charge
Notices (PCN) have been issued since January 2016. It is likely that most
infringements will be parents dropping off and picking up children from
the School and the time it takes to serve a PCN may mean that most drivers
will drive away before a PCN can be attached to the vehicle or handed to
the driver.

 

Q.      Are there any plans to provide a service and ensure that residents
are not troubled by anti-social drivers?

 

A.      Unfortunately there are no guarantees that enforcement will deter
drivers from parking and taking the risk if only parking short term. The
Council's Parking Service team can only enforce against vehicles that are
parked contravening a parking restriction backed up by a Traffic
Regulation Order. The team does not have the powers to enforce against
vehicles parked on the road or pavement area where there are no parking
restrictions in place. If vehicles are causing an obstruction, such as on
the footway, then it is only the Police who can enforce against this.

 

 

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