The Parish Council has positioned three large concrete blocks (weighing nearly 2.5 tonnes each) to prevent further occupation of the busy Ottway Walk car park by Traveller caravans and associated trucks and cars. The entrance to the car park has been narrowed considerably; entry and exit gaps are 2.3 metres wide and should be adequate for all cars and small trucks (a normal parking bay is 2.4 metres wide). Once we are happy with them we will be adding some rubber cushioning with reflective material.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON ENTRY AND EXIT.
Approach the entry or exit gap at right-angles and ensure you are past the concrete barriers before turning either into a parking space or onto the road. This will mean that you will inevitably intrude well beyond the centre-line of Ottway Walk and maybe need additional manoeuvering. We regret having to implement this and appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience. We rely on all road and car park users to be sensible, drive slowly and carefully and be mindful of all other road users.
Inconsiderate parking outside the car park, especially in the school entrance as shown in the picture can make it impossible to get the angle to approach the gaps a right angles so as to enter easily.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE ENTRY AND EXIT GAPS
The blocks cannot be moved further apart or they will admit the very vehicles we are seeking to prevent from perking there. Also, the sub-base beneath the tarmac may not support the weight and so the blocks cannot be moved further back. We will be reviewing the situation in the coming weeks.
YOU USE THE CAR PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK.
The 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 to those with children wanting to enjoy the popular play area with its exciting equipment; during school time, the car park is very busy with the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up from Welwyn St Mary’s Primary School and Tenterfields Nursery. The Council has taken legal action on two occasions in recent weeks, to reclaim our land after Travellers parked and occupied over 20 spaces. Unfortunately that legal action does not prohibit them from returning.