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Watford councillor Rabi Martins urges restaurants to inform customers of car park's extended hours
A politician has urged new restaurants in Watford town centre to point their customers to new extended hours at a nearby car park to ease congestion for local residents.
Rabi Martins, a Watford borough councillor for Central ward, welcomed the Harlequin‘s decision to introduce staggered charges in the Church car park after 11pm.
However he said he hoped people using the new restaurants, such as those in former Barclays building on the corner of High Street and King Street, would use the car park rather than surrounding roads.
The councillor said: "These new restaurants are a very welcome addition to the town but one of the unhappier consequences is that local residents of Smith Street, The Crescent and Granville Road find parking nigh near impossible.
"I anticipated this problem and that is why at the time the license application for Jimmy Spices was being considered I sought assurances from them that they would encourage their clients to use the local car park rather than use street parking.
"Now that the opening hours for Church Car Park which is less than five minutes away from these premises is open and available, I hope Jimmy Spices will be as good as their word and that the other restaurants will follow suit.
"I am very hopeful that these restaurants will want to foster good relations with the householders in their vicinity I am also looking at other ways of encouraging those coming to Watford to visit these restaurants to use Church Car Park including improved signage."