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Slow Progress with Extra Parking at New Mill, Tring - but Progress!

Sutton Close Parking InvestigationsWell, anything connected with highway work in Hertfordshire is amazingly slow. However, I am still chipping away at the traffic and parking problems in New Mill.

So far I reckon the prize for the fastest and longest-lasting improvement (so far) was the replacement of those awful concrete paviours in the centre of the New Mill roundabout with heavy-duty tarmac. Unlike the paviours which were forever working loose they seem to be surviving pressure from the Heygates lorries very successfully.

And the innovative "part-on, part-off" parking down Wingrave Road seems to be working well, with adequate space left for buggies and mobility scooters along the pavement.

Going back well over 5 years, an application was made for additional off-road parking under a DBC "verge hardening" scheme at Gamnel, Wingrave Road, Elm Tree Walk and Sutton Close. We eventually did get 6 extra spaces each at Gamnell and Elm Tree Walk, but Wingrave Road was disallowed and Sutton Close got cancelled.

Now I am trying to get some extra spaces at Sutton Close under a County Council scheme. This is not easy however and some investigation has had to be done because of two obstacles in the verge - both visible in the picture. One is a telephone connection cavity (on the front left) and the second is an a road drain inspection pit.

The picture shows an engineering team clearing out silt and mud to improve flow and enable an inspection to be made. The good news is that it will be possible to replace the top ring of the pit with a shorter one - thus reducing the height and allowing a car parking space to be constructed - and the telephone cavity is not going to be a problem either..

So now we wait for the next stage!