Following last week’s CPZ article in the Watford Observer, Callowland resident and campaigner has responded to residents on the issue.
Prior to your “Outrage over parking hours”, I have spoken with many of you at great length on the subject over the last few years, and it is clear that this has been a burning issue in the community for some time. In our conversations, it was apparent that this consultation was considered to be the light at the end of the tunnel after years of parking frustration across the ward.
Although the concept of a CPZ being introduced is largely welcomed by Callowland residents, there is a clear concern over the timings in the evening with numerous residents believing that introducing it earlier would be of more benefit. The council needs to listen to concerns raised by the public and I expect that any recommendations when reviewing the scheme are implemented swiftly to ensure we get a CPZ which will benefit residents across the ward. We must ensure we get this right as much as we can the first time as it has taken so long to get to this resolution, and any delay in reviewing obvious errors in the future will only cause more resentment from residents.
I do not wish the implementation of this CPZ to be another chapter in the council letting down North Watford residents following on from the developments approved last December. I also hope that the current situation with Covid restrictions is taken into account in any future decision making on the matter. The majority of residents, including myself, have worked from home for most of 2020. We do not know what the future of work will be like and could therefore be paying for a space they are unlikely to vacate.
Callowland resident and Labour council candidate.