Results of the car park survey

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey on the Lower King’s Road car park proposal. We had 232 responses – more on that below!

Although our survey has closed, there is still time for you to respond to the DBC online consultation quoting application number 4/00122/16/MFA. The consultation is open until Monday 29 February.

Entrance to Waitrose with MSCP in place

See the plans and read more on the DBC website.

We are now composing the B-Hive response to DBC based on your views – and will share it on the B-Hive website as soon as it’s ready .

Here are a few of the findings from the survey in the meantime:

  • Almost three times as many people (64% compared to 22%) think the proposed car park will not resolve parking and congestion issues in Berkhamsted town centre than think that it will.
  • Double the number (56%) believe the car park is not essential than those who think it necessary for the town (28%).
  • Just under three-quarters of respondents think that DBC has not done enough to involve local people in the development of the plans – and that DBC should delay the planning application in order to gather more evidence about whether this is the right solution.

As part of the survey, we received 400 individual comments and suggested solutions covering a wide range of issues. They showed a lot of careful thought and demonstrated just how much people care about the car park proposal.

We presented the survey findings to the Berkhamsted Town Council (BTC) planning committee on Monday evening. Their final decision was a bit unclear but our understanding is that they decided to approve the car park in principle on the condition that DBC put right the inconsistencies in the application and discuss it further with BTC. The final decision on whether the car park goes ahead will be made by the DBC Development Control Committee.

Whatever your views, please be sure to use this last chance to tell Dacorum what you think.