Councillors to consider changes to town centre restrictions

The Cabinet Planning and Parking Panel (CPPP) will meet next week to consider a recommendation to introduce new parking restrictions in Hatfield.

Hatfield parking restrictions sign

It follows a consultation on the council's proposals to introduce new long stay options across all town centre car parks from 17 May, following the opening of the multi-storey scheduled for early spring.

Built to consolidate surface level car parking, freeing up sites elsewhere for new homes, shops and leisure, the multi-storey is part-funded through a £4.8m Local Growth Fund contribution from the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Parking would remain free for three hours under the proposals, with charges of £3.50 for 3-4 hours and £6.50 all day agreed as part of the council's budget setting process.

If proposals are approved by CPPP on Thursday (4, March) and Cabinet on 9 March, Hatfield will remain the only town in Hertfordshire to offer free parking for up to three hours.

Business season tickets are set at £200 per year - around 70p per day for the average local worker - including the option to pay quarterly.

The car parks would be open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Restrictions are proposed to apply Monday to Saturday 7am to 6pm, in line with Welwyn Garden City.

Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Environment, said:

Our early engagement with businesses demonstrated support for allowing greater flexibility in Hatfield car parks for longer stays. We believe charging for over three hours addresses businesses' concerns, whilst preventing the misuse of the cark park by commuters not visiting the town centre.

The CPPP paper can be viewed online and further information is available in the council's FAQs.