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Traders’ anger at yellow lines

18/12/13- Traders from Ore who are unhappy about proposed changes to parking near their premises.  Wendy Martini from Blues Barbers and Nicholas Abraham-Boyle from French's.

18/12/13- Traders from Ore who are unhappy about proposed changes to parking near their premises. Wendy Martini from Blues Barbers and Nicholas Abraham-Boyle from French's.

TRADERS are fuming over plans which would stop parking outside their businesses in Ore.

East Sussex County Council issued a notice of ‘Removal of Waiting Area’ on Old London Road from numbers 404 to 434.

It would be an offence to park on the road, preventing anyone from popping into shops without fear of a parking ticket.

Wendy Martini, owner of Blues Barbers, organised a petition attracting 700 signatures. She claims there has not been enough time for consultation. Colin Brighton, owner of Catch 22 chip shop, says the bulk of his trade is from people stopping in their cars outside his store.

There are seven free parking bays which traders are demanding remain. Mrs Martini said: “We’re furious. Parking is already limited in Ore. Some of my customers come in for a couple of hours so it’s vital they have somewhere free to park. I was not notified until last week and the original letter went to the wrong address.”

Mr Brighton added: “The majority of my trade is from people stopping in their car for fish and chips. This is going to kill my trade.”

Nicholas Abraham-Boyle, 36, of electrical retailer RN French, said: “I can only see it doing more harm than good for us. We’ll lose trade and it won’t help any business along here. We’re all fighting for trade as it is.”

David Weeks, ESCC team manager for parking, said: “The double yellow lines are proposed as a means of improving traffic flow and road safety while the removal of the two-hour limit has been suggested by residents to make it easier for them to park near their homes. As with any review, there’s a need to balance the needs of residents with the needs of traders. But we will take into account all views expressed to us.”

 

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