Scrutiny of District’s green travel and parking on verges

Green travel and parking on grass verges will be hot debating topics for St Albans City and District Council’s Local Services Scrutiny Committee at its next meeting on 5 February.

The Committee will also be hearing from Network St Albans – the local transport group made up of key local transport and infrastructure providers, including bus operators. It will update members on improvements to and further developments with local bus services and on its support for green travel plans

Residents’ views on these issues and on facilitating more green travel are very welcome and can be sent to Themes raised will be addressed at the meeting or after the event.

The Committee will be looking at progress made since they last discussed transport and grass verges issues back in September and November 2011. Committee members will also be considering what further action can be taken.

It will also be discussing the Alban Way, cycle ways in the District and the Green Ring. This is a planned route linking major green arteries round St Albans for cyclist and pedestrians. 

Other topics the committee will be debating are on-street parking for shoppers, and parking on grass verges.

Chairman of the Local Services Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Robert Donald commented: “Parking and transport are both subjects that affect the lives of thousands of people in the District every day. The quality of our environment and street scene can be greatly damaged or enhanced depending on how badly or how well appropriate provision is made. Committee members are keen to know what progress has been made by the Council, the County Council’s highways service and other partners to develop better transport infrastructure, including green travel. We will be looking in detail at what action has been taken to protect our grass verges and what else can be done. If we are to ensure parking does not damage our verges we have to provide parking alternatives for residents’ use.”

 The agenda and papers for the Committee can be found at: The meeting takes place on Tuesday 5 February at 7pm in the Council Chamber. All are welcome to attend, or you can watch see a webcast, either live or after the event at


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