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Otley trader says parking plan will force her to close
A health store owner is warning her business will fold if a parking shake-up in Otley goes ahead.
As reported in September, a £34,000 re-arrangement of the town’s parking, including a switching of which car parks are pay and display or free, is due to be implemented before next April.
The new set-up would also extend the time coaches could park on Boroughgate from 20 minutes to 24 hours.
That’s something Chevin Health Store owner Sandra Threfall, whose shop has one of the coach parking spaces right outside it, insists would spell disaster for her business.
In her letter of objection to Leeds City Council she said: “Allowing 24-hour maximum stay of coaches in any 24-hour period would have a drastic effect on my business premises.
“I have campaigned for the adherence of coaches sticking to a drop-off and pick-up time of 20 minutes, which some do not. This as it stands has a serious impact on my business when they stay in the bay for up to two hours.
“In short, if this goes ahead I will have no option but to close as I rely on passing trade a great deal.
“There should be better coach facilities within the town but not at the expense of small businesses such as mine.”
Sandra also believes the change would have security implications, as coaches being parked in the bay for so long would obscure her shop both from the houses opposite and a nearby security camera.
She has has also started a petition, which people can sign at the shop, backing her case, as well as taking up her cause with MP Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West).
She added: “I know Leeds is holding a consultation about the parking changes now and I just hope it’s not a ‘done deal’, and that they listen.”
Councillor Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) said: “She has done the right thing to write to highways and I would ask her to copy me in, too.
“The parking changes followed requests by certain traders for improvements to be made and come as a result of what council officers found when they held a parking review of Otley.
“But I believe if any of the proposals would cause any hardships that will be looked at as part of the consultation, and acted upon - in Yeadon the consultation there resulted in parking proposals being changed several times, and we need to ensure if there are any issues like this one they are properly dealt with.”
The parking shakeup plans for Otley can be viewed at http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=40345.
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