The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield

MP opens Royal Veterinary College car park

Grant Shapps had the honour of opening a new 124-space car park at the Royal Veterinary College in North Mymms recently. The opening brings to an end a long-running parking saga in North Mymms.The RVC has expanded rapidly over the past few years leading to an enormous level of congestion on narrow Hawkshead Lane. Matters were brought to a head when the local MP called a meeting involving the college, police, residents, students and the three councils – North Mymms Parish, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council.A five-point plan was hatched and three years later, following extensive work which has included a green travel plan and the introduction of parking restrictions on the Lane, the new car park has formally been opened.

Grant Shapps said: “We finally got there. When we first sat down and worked out a five-point plan some people on Hawkshead Lane wondered whether it would ever get completed. But the parking situation has finally been resolved, so now residents, drivers and the students themselves are all satisfied.”

Stuart Reid, the Principal of the RVC, added: “We are absolutely delighted to have the Minister open our new facility. It resolves many issues and we at the Royal Veterinary College are very grateful to Mr Shapps and all those involved in making Hawkshead Lane a safer place for all who use it. In combination with our green travel plan, the car park ensures that our students now have better access to our campus than at any time in our history.”

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