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Pickering trader says 'unfair' parking restrictions will hit businesses
A PICKERING businessman has claimed ‘unfair’ parking restrictions in the town will lead to businesses closing as the tourism trade takes a hit.
James Russell, of Russell’s Café, Pickering, is concerned that buses being handed parking fines for dropping large parties off in the town centre will affect local businesses.
He said: “It’s going to destroy the Pickering trade. Pickering relies on the tourism trade and it’s going to turn Pickering in to a ghost town.”
Bus companies often drop coach parties at The Ropery in the town centre so visitors do not have to walk far.
Scarborough Borough Council traffic wardens are now responsible for enforcing traffic restrictions in the Ryedale area after a change in government policy which came in to force on May 30.
Jane Wilson, Scarborough Borough Council’s parking services officer, said: “There are not any coach drop off points at The Ropery. There is a bus stop but that is only used by service buses.”
She advised that buses are supposed to drop tours off at the Eastgate car park, a short walk from the town centre but Mr Russell believes this will affect business in the town.
He said: “A lot of people on coach trips are of the older generation and it’s too far for them to walk in to the town centre from the car park.”
Despite initially stating that a bus would not be fined for dropping off at The Ropery, Scarborough Council has since confirmed that at least one bus company has already received an on the spot parking fine. Mr Russell said: “A bus driver came in to the café and said he had received a ticket. He said he only left the bus for about three minutes after dropping people off.
Mrs Wilson said: “One penalty charge notice was issued in the bus stop on September, 21.
“Any vehicle that parks in a bus stop may receive a penalty charge notice.
“The only exemption is a bus being used in provision of a local service to maintain a published timetable.”
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