Search

Upminster traders: ‘Lack of free parking is hitting sales’

16:59 19 March 2013

Paul Wilson thinks there should be free parking in Corbets Tey Road

Paul Wilson thinks there should be free parking in Corbets Tey Road

Archant

The Romford Recorder visited Upminster on Friday to listen out for the word on the street. And the message from traders is clear: “There’s not enough parking and it’s affecting business.”

Emel Omer, of Beaux BanglesEmel Omer, of Beaux Bangles

Last week the council’s planning committee voted in favour of selling off the Old Windmill Hall site – which protestors argued could have accommodated an extended car park to ease problems on the high street.

And last year the council introduced marked bays, a minimum charge of 20p and a chicane in Corbets Tey Road – saying it wanted to ease congestion.

But shopkeepers told the Recorder, out and about during its weekly Shop Local campaign, the changes have made things worse.

And they believe the problems are driving down sales in an already tough business climate.

Roger Anthony, of Bell Corner Jewellers in Corbets Tey Road, says the lack of parking is a problem for businessesRoger Anthony, of Bell Corner Jewellers in Corbets Tey Road, says the lack of parking is a problem for businesses

Emel Omer, from Beaux Bangle, in Corbets Tey Road, said: “People don’t realise how tough it is for independent traders. I didn’t until I got the shop in August.

“The lack of parking spaces doesn’t help customers come here, especially since the free parking stopped. People are more likely to go to Lakeside because it’s free there. We need more to encourage them to shop locally.”

Jeweller and watchmaker Roger Anthony, of Bell Corner Jewellers in Corbets Tey Road, added: “Sales are down and our customers all say they can’t get parking.

“We have one customer who is 93 and has been coming to us for years – he now has to park right the way down St Mary’s Lane because the council says it’s no parking [on our side of the road]. It wasn’t causing a problem when people could park there.

Lorraine Climpson and Karen Cox, of Flaxten Cards, say lack of parking is a problem on Corbets Tey RoadLorraine Climpson and Karen Cox, of Flaxten Cards, say lack of parking is a problem on Corbets Tey Road

“In Epping, shoppers can park for 30 minutes free and it’s great. Here, if you park for more than two minutes they’re on you like a dose of salts.”

Karen Cox, of Flaxten Cards, added: “There’s not enough parking. It’s a lovely high street but I live in Hornchurch and I never come to Upminster to shop because of the parking.”

And Paul Wilson, of Hornminster Glen, said: “I think 20p parking for an hour is reasonable, but it stops some people coming to shop. Free parking would be perfect to help local traders.”

But Havering Council insisted its pay and display bays had been a success.

Environment boss Cllr Barry Tebbutt said: “We introduced the pay and display bays so anyone could park there, not just those who have an annual parking disc, and the figures show it’s been really popular. There’s also ample parking available at Hoppy Hall and Gaynes Road car parks, with charges as low as 20p for the first two hours.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Wood walk

Pupils, parents and teachers were delighted with their handiwork as they created an art trail in the woods using recycled items.

14:00
Patient Mike Dewison and former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.

A former Wimbledon champion stopped off in Romford to cut the ribbon for a new state-of-the-art CT scanner.

12:00
Havering Council's flower bed for Her Majesty�s birthday.

Havering is this year’s biggest winners at the London in Bloom competition after it toppled last year’s previous record.

Yesterday, 17:13
Journalist and BBC presenter Jeremy Vine wrote an emotional letter to the victim of a viral assault video. Picture Credit: PA images

BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine wrote an emotional letter to the victim of a viral assault video revealing his own experiences with bullies.

Yesterday, 16:30
Newtons Primary School in Rainham is having a make-over of it's garden. Teacher Lynette Allsop is leading the project.

A primary school is appealing for volunteers and businesses to help it create a new garden in the playground.

Yesterday, 15:30
George Woodward with tracker dog Cole in Bessbrook Mill in Northern Ireland in 1988

A breakfast club for veterans is holding its first ever gathering to give the chance for military members to get together and share their experiences.

Yesterday, 12:48
Miley, seven, and  India, 18-months, withTaylor Chalk, far right, who helped his mum's ex-partner Nicholas to safety after a house fire.

A 12-year-old boy has been hailed a hero after saving his stepdad from a fire which engulfed the family home.

Yesterday, 10:28
Romford Magistrates' Court

A father threatened to “kill” his ex-girlfriend after she ignored his calls and didn’t pay him back money owed.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

VW Golf Estate

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now