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New parking charges on Watford Business Park 'to prevent congestion'
New parking charges of up to £2 a day will be imposed on people working in Watford Business Park by the county council.
Signs have been put up on lampposts in the West Watford park detailing new charges that will be put in place "in order to prevent congestion".
As well as pay and display bays, workers will be faced with waiting restrictions and a one way system in a previously unrestricted business park.
The new rules are being enforced ahead of a new railway station opening in Ascot Road, as part of the Croxley Rail Link, and will be brought in early next year.
"The works in Greenhill Crescent and Caxton Way area are part of a wider scheme to improve the local road network and formalise parking in the vicinity of the planned Ascot Road station."
Tony from Tony and Maria’s Cafe said: "Many people park here to have lunch and breakfast because it’s free, it will have an effect on my business because people will just go elsewhere."
Monowa is based at the entrance of the business park, in a block of flats, and manufactures and installs sliding walls. Giovanna, servicing manager, said: "We have our own car park but because we’re opposite a garage people tend to park here.
"We have three offices in our building. There are six of us here plus a company vehicle, three people downstairs and then two opposite us.
"We have clients which come here who need to park, and deliveries. We’re definitely going to be affected by this."
Lesley Walker from NSR Communications said: "We have a yard at the back and six spaces at the front of the building but there are times when we have to park on the road.
"The one way system would definitely be an inconvenience. We have big trucks and you have to get them at the right angle in order to get them into the yard."
Manimpex, which imports granite and marble products, only has space for four cars outside its shop, but employs 10 people, meaning both staff and customers would be liable for the new charge.
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