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Traders furious at road scheme

SMALL businesses fear they could be forced out if waiting restrictions are introduced in an Elmdon Heath street.

SMALL businesses fear they could be forced out if waiting restrictions are introduced in an Elmdon Heath street.

The parade of shops claim that any change would strangle trade along Yew Tree Lane.

Traders first heard about the proposals earlier this year but said they had been kept in the dark by Solihull Council.

This week, the local authority dismissed rumours that it would be introducing double-yellow lines along the road.

But there are still concerns among local businesses about whether the measures would deter customers.

Debbie Dawes, from Arena Hair & Beauty, said: “We were absolutely mortified when we heard about the plans.

“There’s all this talk about helping small businesses survive, but what will this do to us?”

The Hair Shop, a few doors along, has been trading at the site for 40 years - they’re equally worried.

“All our customers are horrified when they heard,” said Sharon York. “We gathered a petition with 300 signatures.”

And Ian Wilkins, from Wadlee Hughes Butchers, added that restrictions would “kill off business”.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, said there were plans to introduce “limited waiting” in the parking spaces.

“Unfortunately the plans placed on our website were blurred and made it appear as if we were introducing double yellow lines to these parking bays.

“This has understandably caused some confusion, and we can only apologise for this.”

Solihull Council said it had been out to meet shopkeepers and discuss the plans.

 

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