The Ottway Walk car park is owned and maintained by the Parish Council. It provides parking for members of the Welwyn Sports & Social Club, users of our Pavilion and Playing Fields and for those with children wanting to enjoy the popular play area with its exciting equipment. During school terms, the car park is very busy with the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
In recent weeks, the Council twice had to take action to reclaim our land after Travellers parked caravans on the car park, occupying over 20 spaces. Unfortunately that action does not prohibit them from returning. To avoid this becoming a problem, the Council positioned three 2.4 tonne concrete blocks to narrow the entry and exit to the car park, but with gaps wide enough for cars and small trucks.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON ENTRY AND EXIT. YOU USE THE CAR PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK.
At the entry and exit points there are small additional pillars to aid judging the gap from a normal driving position in a car. There are reflective markings at the entrance and exit and the concrete will be painted to aid passage at dusk/night time.
- Approach the entry or exit gap at right-angles.
- Keep as far to the right as possible (i.e. driver’s side).
- Go through straight.
- Ensure you are past the concrete barriers before turning either into a parking space or onto the road.
This may mean that a vehicle crosses the centre-line of Ottway Walk and larger vehicles may need additional manoeuvering. We regret having to implement this and appreciate that it may cause some inconvenience, but the alternatives would be more costly, problematic and time-consuming. We rely on all road and car park users to drive slowly and carefully and be mindful of all other road users, especially children at the start and finish of the school day.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE ENTRY AND EXIT GAPS
Inconsiderate parking outside the car park, especially in the school entrance as shown in the picture can make it impossible to approach the gaps at right angles. The blocks cannot be moved further apart or they will admit the very things we are seeking to prevent. Also, the blocks cannot be moved further back as the the sub-base beneath the tarmac may not support the weight.