A Southport Councillor backs local businesses against proposed parking plans

14th August 2016

Photo: Mrs Louise Hankinson- Everatt of “VIP Hair Emporium”; Mr Bill Signet of “Hignet’s DIY”; Mr Mark Wright of “Smiths TV” and Jackie of “Just Flowers”.

Manchester Road Area Consultation Community Campaign

OTSNew.co.uk spoke with Cllr David Barton following the Manchester Road Shop owners in uproar at Sefton council parking proposals article posted earlier this week.

David said:

On Friday 12th August I spoke with Louise and made a site visit to see her especially given the seriousness of the issue and the numerous concerns held by the community there. Having previously spoken with the relevant Department at Sefton Council I made special arrangements for the Councillor consultation period to be extended up to the end of business hours on that very day in order for me to have a site visit myself to see just how much of a harmful impact the Proposals would stand to have on the people there.

Whilst on the site visit I had the opportunity to speak with multiple concerned residents and business owners on Manchester Road and have noted their feedback which I plan to collate together in its entirety to present to the relevant Department once again on behalf of the community to demonstrate there is a resounding consensus and wish of the people not to implement the new Car Parking restrictions which include additional double yellow lines, the loss of several parking bays, the introduction of time restrictions which will hinder stores that require constant transportation of heavy items and of course the Salons whereby clients are often in for over 2 hours as part of their hair colouring service. Problems also extend to local residents who will be inconvenienced by being unable to park outside their homes here they don’t have a driveway, people wishing to sell their homes are facing difficulty now due to this deterring prospective buyers and people generally are less inclined to stop by to visit the shops even briefly due to being dissuaded again by the multiple restrictions. Just today one business owner even told me that the plans to extend the pavement would be a pointless spending venture given the severity of the Parking restrictions on the existing businesses, some of which have become long established to such a point that in the case of VIP Hair Emporium despite not owning the building, the business owner has invested a lot of her own personal expenditure towards regenerating her property.

Presently I am working directly with Louise to raise as much awareness as possible of the Campaign to block the Proposals for the benefit of the wider local Southport community here and we continue to be contacted by people that stand to be affected over the weekend.

Having read the official Council literature which I was provided quite clearly the surrounding roads would be affected by these same proposals also.

Once again to all residents & …businesses in the Manchester Road vicinity including:

1) Manchester road

2) Alexandra Road

3) Kingfisher Crescent

4) Hawkshead Street

5) Zetland Street

6) Leyland Road

7) Hartwood Road

8) Hall Street

9) Mount Street

10) Roe Lane

ots-southport-site-visit“Councillor David Barton on a site visit speaking with local residents and business owners of Manchester Road.”

We are planning to meet with more local residents and businesses this coming Monday 15th August for 7pm at “The Mount” Public House on Manchester Road to listen to and take forward more neighbourhood concerns of those who stand to be affected by the Proposals should they be implemented. In the meantime we hope to see you very soon and thank everyone who has gotten in touch so far.

If you could relay your concerns to myself or Mrs Hankinson- Everatt as soon as feasible we shall be more able to act on your behalf with regards to resolving this situation in the best interests of everyone within the local community here.

TELEPHONE: 07968 581611

EMAIL: davidbarton.dukesward@outlook.com

WEBSITE: www.davidbarton.uk.com


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