Traders celebrate victory after 15-minute parking limit is lifted

Traders celebrate victory after 15-minute parking limit is lifted

Traders celebrate victory after 15-minute parking limit is lifted

First published in News

TRADERS in Newtown Road are celebrating the removal of a 15-minute parking restriction outside their shops, saying the change is not a moment too soon.

Shop owners on the Link Top road started agitating for change after parking enforcement was introduced in October, and they feared the long-ignored 15-minute limit would spell trouble for their businesses.

Their fears were proved correct, with shoppers deserting the area leaving what one trader described as a "ghost town".

They launched a petition calling for a change, and attracted hundreds of signatures within a week. Now new signs have gone up, announcing the revised limit of an hour.

Alison Fish of David G Fish Flooring said: "It's definitely had an effect on us. The council said that they wouldn't be issuing tickets and as far as I know they kept to that, but people saw the signs saying 15 minutes and they stayed away.

"You can't choose a carpet in 15 minutes, or get your hair done in the hairdresser, or choose a suit in Cox's. so they went elsewhere. Who can blame them? You are not going to risk a £40 fine when you can go somewhere else and park for longer."

"There have been days when Newtown Road looked like a ghost town - just no-one parked there at all. Now we're hoping people realise it's changed and come back."

Sam Lupino of clothes shop F L Cox, who organised the petition, said: "We were delighted that so many people signed the petition and genuinely supported our appeal, but it was made very clear by the council that it would take time. We are pleased that the signs have been replaced and an acceptable parking time has been implemented which will benefit the shopping area as a whole."

Allan Smith of Aspect Design said: "Although we are obviously grateful that the council has seen fit to change the restriction to something more sensible, the situation could have been easily avoided with a little prior consultation.

"This is the latest example of the authorities acting without working out the consequence of their decisions. In 2001 we had a battle with MHDC over their decision to impose parking charges in the free car parks on the street, in 2010 the county council proposed painting yellow lines down the road, and then last year we had the problem of a 15-minute parking restriction being enforced. In each case they climbed down but I dread to think what all this has cost tax payers."

County councillor John Raine said: "I raised the matter with our highways officers as soon as the traders contacted me, and it just takes time to go through the legal formalities and consultations."

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2:59pm Fri 29 Aug 14

liloliluk says...

I was just reading this and wondering where Link Top is, because I don't remember seeing these shops in Newtown Road in Worcester, then realised that it's in Malvern! It might encourage more people to go and visit these shops if this was mentioned somewhere in the article.
I was just reading this and wondering where Link Top is, because I don't remember seeing these shops in Newtown Road in Worcester, then realised that it's in Malvern! It might encourage more people to go and visit these shops if this was mentioned somewhere in the article. liloliluk
  • Score: 7

4:53pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Bufton Tufton says...

Unfortunately it has taken nearly 12 months for the parking limit to be revised, nothing the council does is ever done in a hurry and it would often be better if they kept there nose out of things and did nothing. This article reminds us of the car park charging fiasco. I hope that permanent damage has not been done now that people have apparently got out out of the habit of patronising the Newtown Road shops and that they return to banish the ghost town atmosphere. As I have said before, these sorts of derisions are typical of council wallahs who don't generate income for themselves and their families using their own wits, but instead live in a gold plated world of thick-pile carpet funded using other peoples taxes. They operate in a world of no competition or commercial risk. Why do the actions council/public sector never demonstrate any urgency?
Unfortunately it has taken nearly 12 months for the parking limit to be revised, nothing the council does is ever done in a hurry and it would often be better if they kept there nose out of things and did nothing. This article reminds us of the car park charging fiasco. I hope that permanent damage has not been done now that people have apparently got out out of the habit of patronising the Newtown Road shops and that they return to banish the ghost town atmosphere. As I have said before, these sorts of derisions are typical of council wallahs who don't generate income for themselves and their families using their own wits, but instead live in a gold plated world of thick-pile carpet funded using other peoples taxes. They operate in a world of no competition or commercial risk. Why do the actions council/public sector never demonstrate any urgency? Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 3

9:39am Sat 30 Aug 14

Geoffery1966 says...

Malvern Council are totally inept at everything that they get involved with, useless set of out of touch has beens
Malvern Council are totally inept at everything that they get involved with, useless set of out of touch has beens Geoffery1966
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