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Newton Aycliffe shop owner furious as parking woes continue
THE owner of a DIY store who says his customers have been frightened off by over-zealous traffic enforcement officers is furious his petition against them has been thrown out.
Dr Jim Parkin says trade at Homeplan in Newton Aycliffe has fallen between 30 and 40 per cent since a council crackdown on people parking in a loading bay outside his shop on Greenwell Road.
Last month, Dr Parkin, a former university lecturer, handed a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to Durham County Council complaining about the warning notices and tickets issued by its traffic enforcement officers.
He said many officers failed to check whether people are loading and believes the legal definition of the term should take into account people’s age and mobility.
“This is not the kind of shop where people come to browse,” he said.
“People know what they want and rarely spend more than a few minutes here.
“I was furious when I found out the petition file had been closed. The views of hundreds of residents have been ignored.”
Dave Wafer, traffic manager at Durham County Council, said only one parking ticket had been issued on the loading bay since the council took over parking enforcement in June.
“If businesses feel they would be better served by changing the current restrictions, we are more than happy to consider such requests,” he said.
“We would like to remind drivers that loading bays exist to assist businesses with both deliveries and collections of bulky goods and should not be used for general parking.”
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