A FRUSTRATED off-licence owner has launched a petition claiming lack of parking outside his Shirley shop is hitting trade.
Harry Sunner, owner of Michael’s Drink, has so far collected 800 names, calling on the council to improve parking provision outside the store.
Mr Sunner, whose shop has been on Stratford Road for the past 17 years, said as well as his customers having limited places to park, they are also being hit with parking fines for using the shop’s loading bays.
A spokesman for Solihull Council said parking signs in the vicinity had been deliberately defaced and the authority was in the process of replacing them.
“Customers just don’t want to come here because they either can’t park or they are being ticketed,” said Mr Sunner.
“There are limited spaces to park as it is, so if customers can’t find a space, they are using the loading bays.
“The loading bays do not stipulate how long you can leave your car there for, there is no clear signage but within a matter of minutes the parking wardens are ticketing the cars.”
He added that business had suffered as a result and he is now calling on the council to convert the loading bays into proper parking spaces for customers.
Councillor Howard Allen (Green, Shirley West) has backed the petition and said he is ‘fully supportive’ of Shirley traders calling for extra parking in the town.
The council spokesman said: “The council is not currently looking at changing the balance between the numbers of space available for customer parking and loading/unloading facilities.
“The parking and loading bays are provided for the benefit of all the local businesses.”