THE OWNER of an Indian takeaway on Damson Lane says parking restrictions in nearby roads are crippling business.
Muzibur Rahman, proprietor of Saffron, said double yellow lines and bollards on Loughtrot Lane, and Alston Road, are pushing customers away.
The restaurant is in a shopping parade with six businesses, including an off-licence, Chinese takeaway, pizza parlour and tanning salon, with parking space for 19 cars at a lay-by outside, he said.
Mr Rahman claims the businesses were never consulted about the parking restrictions.
“The double yellow lines are 25 or 15 metres more than normal,” Mr Rahman said. “We went to the council to complain and we were told it would be sent to the Highways Agency and that they would contact us in the next five days – we haven’t heard anything. For years there was no problem (with parking), and now they have said there is a problem.”
He added: “It only takes two or three minutes to collect a drink or some food. It’s not a very busy road.
“In the lay-by there’s not enough space for the shops and the people living opposite.
“Every business needs parking and small businesses like ours are struggling.
“If people get parking tickets to get food and drink they won’t be coming again. If you go to Hermitage Road, they have more parking.
“Three of the shops don’t open until the evening. Ourselves and the Chinese restaurant open at 5pm.
“The restrictions could be lifted after 6pm.”
Councillor David Jamieson, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “The decision to add these restrictions
was made in October 2009 after concerns from residents about dangerous parking.
“We followed the statutory consultation requirements and advertised these proposals extensively – in the local press, on site and in writing – from May through to August, and received no objections.”