Parking rage boils at public meeting

Berkhamsted and Tring Living Magazines MSCP plan proposal for Lower Kings Rd

Two of the regular frustrations of life in Berkhamsted collided on Thursday night and almost brought a public meeting to a standstill.

One is Dacorum Borough Council’s treatment of Berkhamsted electors. If not cavalier disregard, then at least a certain carelessness characterises the borough’s dealings with the town. And DBC has a hand in the second of the night’s frustrations: the chronic absence of a coordinated plan for Berkhamsted’s growth.

The occasion for the row was a last-minute ‘consultation’ at the Civic Centre over plans for a multi-storey carpark on Lower Kings Road. Advance publicity for the meeting was hopelessly inadequate; and the topics open for debate seemed limited at this late stage to design and management details – the case for a three-storey 331-space structure on the site behind Waitrose appeared to be settled, although more by assertion than by empirical study.