Darwen traders' plea for new parking restrictions to be scrapped

Lancashire Telegraph: Susan Roberts of Uppercrust Cafe with, from left, Bin Zheng and Lin Minyu of Yips Chippy, residents Angela Keys and Tommy Keys and Ramiz Shaikh and Samiruddin Shaik  from Cadbury’s off licence. Susan Roberts of Uppercrust Cafe with, from left, Bin Zheng and Lin Minyu of Yips Chippy, residents Angela Keys and Tommy Keys and Ramiz Shaikh and Samiruddin Shaik from Cadbury’s off licence.

BUSINESS owners have made a last-ditch plea to stop parking restrictions outside their shops in Darwen.

The proposal, for a single yellow line on the south side of Moss Fold Road and limited waiting bays on the opposite side, is one of a batch of orders awaiting sign-off by council highways boss Maureen Bateson.

She is expected to allow the changes, which will be made in the new year.

The council’s planning and highways committee faced opposition when the plans were discussed at Blackburn Town Hall last month .

A petition, signed by 138 people, was presented and two local businesses and one nearby resident also wrote to oppose the plans.

The council hopes the restrictions will keep the entrance to the road from the A666 clear during the day after Pendle Doors Ltd raised concerns about safe lorry access to and from its premises.

But independent businesses along the street said they were reliant on passing trade and depriving them of parking spaces will be detrimental to their business. Angela Keyes, who owns ABM Salon hairdressers in Moss Fold Road, said: “I was hoping to reopen my business in the new year but I just don’t know if it’s worth it now. There are only a few little shops here but we are so reliant on passing trade, the lack of parking would just kill us off. We are all really upset and worried about it and nobody has been in touch to tell us if they are definitely going ahead with it or not.”

Sudell councillor Paul Browne said: “In my opinion, the proposals made are the best for the area.

“I think that people were worried that it was going to be double yellow lines but it won’t be.

“People will still be able to park outside of the shops after 6pm.

“I can understand the concerns of those with small businesses but there are other places to park on the A666.”

Brian Bailey, the council’s director of regeneration said: “The views of the objectors and the recommendation of the planning and highways committee will be taken into account.”

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9:46pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Darrens Delivery Service says...

Paul, have them (yellow lines) all along Greenway St. You will be still able to park your van outside your house after 6pm.
Paul, have them (yellow lines) all along Greenway St. You will be still able to park your van outside your house after 6pm. Darrens Delivery Service

9:51pm Mon 2 Dec 13

allan1957 says...

I wouldn't worry to much over the yellow line's. On Sudell Rd and Redearth Rd there double yellow line's which are ignored every day by car owners parking on them in particular on Sudell where there is supposed to be no loading or unloading near the Academy
I wouldn't worry to much over the yellow line's. On Sudell Rd and Redearth Rd there double yellow line's which are ignored every day by car owners parking on them in particular on Sudell where there is supposed to be no loading or unloading near the Academy allan1957

10:57pm Mon 2 Dec 13

s_smith says...

Yes, because I and most people I know often happen to be driving along and think "ooh I really need my hair cut" and pull over at the first barbers I see.
Yes, because I and most people I know often happen to be driving along and think "ooh I really need my hair cut" and pull over at the first barbers I see. s_smith

6:14am Tue 3 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

One business says it needs the yellow lines to receive deliveries and some other businesses fear the yellow lines will affect their sales.

The Council is in a no-win situation here. Whichever decision it made would have upset someone.
One business says it needs the yellow lines to receive deliveries and some other businesses fear the yellow lines will affect their sales. The Council is in a no-win situation here. Whichever decision it made would have upset someone. Excluded again

8:22am Tue 3 Dec 13

A Darener says...

“I can understand the concerns of those with small businesses but there are other places to park on the A666.”
Obviously a quote from someone who has no idea of the traffic situation on the A666. This road is constantly busy throughout the day and night as a busy bus route, lorry and car route in and out of Darwen. Also along this section is a cycle lane, continually blocked by parked cars. Plus a bus stop right outside the business premises restricting any parking close to the shops.
The side roads are the only means of parking close to the shops.
“I can understand the concerns of those with small businesses but there are other places to park on the A666.” Obviously a quote from someone who has no idea of the traffic situation on the A666. This road is constantly busy throughout the day and night as a busy bus route, lorry and car route in and out of Darwen. Also along this section is a cycle lane, continually blocked by parked cars. Plus a bus stop right outside the business premises restricting any parking close to the shops. The side roads are the only means of parking close to the shops. A Darener

1:13pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Ex-Darrener says...

Why go to Coun Browne for a comment? Sudell is the other end of town. Are there no Earcroft councillors who could contribute?
Why go to Coun Browne for a comment? Sudell is the other end of town. Are there no Earcroft councillors who could contribute? Ex-Darrener

5:57pm Tue 3 Dec 13

denidenideni says...

I wouldn't worry too much about this, it is obviously a done deal, when the new bus route is completed there will be no parking along the A666, just another mess by this council.
I wouldn't worry too much about this, it is obviously a done deal, when the new bus route is completed there will be no parking along the A666, just another mess by this council. denidenideni

4:21pm Wed 4 Dec 13

english rose 1 says...

denidenideni wrote:
I wouldn't worry too much about this, it is obviously a done deal, when the new bus route is completed there will be no parking along the A666, just another mess by this council.
What new bus route ??? Are the buses being taken off the A666 ??
[quote][p][bold]denidenideni[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't worry too much about this, it is obviously a done deal, when the new bus route is completed there will be no parking along the A666, just another mess by this council.[/p][/quote]What new bus route ??? Are the buses being taken off the A666 ?? english rose 1

4:30pm Wed 4 Dec 13

A Darener says...

I think it is a reference to the old bus lane scheme, now defunct. But likely to be brought in via the back door under the guise of helping businesses by easing vehicle blockages on the A666 and local side roads. When the area is clear of parked cars the powers that be will introduce restrictions to vehicle progress by giving buses priority at bus stops blocking following traffic.
I think it is a reference to the old bus lane scheme, now defunct. But likely to be brought in via the back door under the guise of helping businesses by easing vehicle blockages on the A666 and local side roads. When the area is clear of parked cars the powers that be will introduce restrictions to vehicle progress by giving buses priority at bus stops blocking following traffic. A Darener

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