New parking spaces to help Wakefield traders

Family owned businesses on Westgate End fear they could go out of business unless more support is provided to them. Since the flood defence work started they have lost a number of car parking spaces resulting in a fall in customers. They also struggle with deliveries because parking restriction signs have not been replaced. Some fear they may not make it to February when the work is set to be finished. They want to council to help. L-R John Haynes (Wakefield Floorcare),Steve Simmons(Bean for Coffee),Segundo Vazquel (Segundos)Joanne Simmons (Bean for Coffee) and Mark Burgess (Wakefield Cycles).
Family owned businesses on Westgate End fear they could go out of business unless more support is provided to them. Since the flood defence work started they have lost a number of car parking spaces resulting in a fall in customers. They also struggle with deliveries because parking restriction signs have not been replaced. Some fear they may not make it to February when the work is set to be finished. They want to council to help. L-R John Haynes (Wakefield Floorcare),Steve Simmons(Bean for Coffee),Segundo Vazquel (Segundos)Joanne Simmons (Bean for Coffee) and Mark Burgess (Wakefield Cycles).

BUSINESS owners hope new car parking spaces will entice customers back after they were driven away by road works.

Last month the Express reported traders’ concerns after dramatic losses in trade since work to improve flood defences on Westgate End began.

Since then Wakefield Council has provided temporary parking spaces on Chald Lane for customers to replace ones which have been lost during the work by the Environment Agency.

John Haynes, of Wakefield Floor Care, said: “It has helped the situation. Now we need to get the message across to the public that despite the lay-by being closed they can still park.”

But concerns have also been raised about plans to make Lawefield Lane one-way and build a central reservation on Westgate.

Carolyn Parker, owner of Hanson Menswear, said: “When people come from the motorway I tell them to park on Lawefield Lane because the parking situation is horrendous.

“If I have to guide them all around town they’re not going to bother. The council has suggested putting a U-turn in further up Westgate which would help.”

The council said the proposals were designed to improve what it said was “a significant road traffic accident black spot area”.

A spokeswoman said: “Traders have been re-assured that the council’s proposed road safety scheme was still at the consultation stage and any work would not start until early 2012, deliberately avoiding the Christmas trading period.”