TRADERS in Solihull’s Station Road claim the area is being ‘targeted’ by traffic wardens after figures reveal the street has been hit with the most parking fines in the last two years.
Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request made to Solihull Council, figures reveal that 3,445 drivers using the parking bays in Station Road (between shop numbers 20 to 66), were issued with fines between April 30, 2010 and April 30 this year.
The street ranks top in the borough for the number of parking fines issued, compared to just 604 in Rectory Road in the same period.
FOI figures have also revealed that the council has raked in over £700,000 from parking fines in the past two years.
Reacting to the findings, Station Road traders have said the 30-minute time limit was affecting trade.
Claire Relph, manager of Age UK said: “These figures do not surprise me, the wardens do target this area. People are put off parking there and consequently donations have gone down to nearly zero.”
Graham Lovsey, of Graham Lovsey Hair Design added: “Thirty minutes is nowhere near enough time for someone to come and have a haircut and this has cost us. This business has been here for 30 years but this problem has been particularly noticeable in the past three or four years.”
Carol Hackett, the manager’s wife at H L Owen Ltd said the 30 minute limit allows more people to come and go instead of using up a parking space all day.
Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, Councillor Ted Richards said: “The 30 minute restrictions were introduced following consultation and are intended to help smaller retailers by preventing people from parking in the spaces all day. There are several long stay car parks within easy walking distance of these shops.”