Coordinated Action Called for on Neptune Square

Dolphin Drive, Houghton Regis, has an awkward double bend in it and that is presumably the reason for double yellow lines on it. I wouldn't support the removal of these lines from one or other side of the road as parked vehicles are a hazard to traffic movement. And, actually, I don't really support the heavy handed approach of beating people with a stick, in the form of the parking control car, especially when other solutions can be found.

Picture from Google Street View

Neptune Square was created at a time when it was assumed people would walk to the shops. The reality is that they would rather park on double yellow lines for a couple of minutes to save them walking too far "just for a paper" or "just for a loaf of bread". There are parking areas nearby but these have the look and feel of being in some way reserved for private dwellings.

A couple of years ago one of the officers from Central Bedfordshire Council was on the verge of putting together a scheme to improve the area when funding was withdrawn.

In Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead the Councils have worked with Nisa Stores to improve the parking situation near their other shops. I am very familiar with the scheme implemented for Crabtree Stores, Hemel Hempstead. People can park safely and have more time to shop as they are not constantly looking out for the "car parking police". This can only be good for business.

Picture from Google Street View

The shop owner tells me that he has been in constant one way communication over the past three to four years with the Central Beds Council, MP Andrew Selous and their solicitors with a proposal, "... to the make Neptune Square a more pleasant modernised, community place to visit, shop and park at our cost too. So far this is falling on deaf ears."

Well, I don't think this should continue to fall on deaf ears. I have written to Cllr Nigel Young, the "Executive Member for Sustainable Communities - Strategic Planning and Economic Development" to ask for some coordinated action.