A hair salon in Castleford claims new parking restrictions which came into force this week will damage its business.
Claire Gage Hairdressing, on the corner of Albion Street and Wood Street, says the introduction of residents’ only parking, which came into force on June 1, will put off customers who come into the town to the salon and to other businesses in the area, including Henry’s Tyres and Trophy cups and shields shop.
Phil Gage, owner, said: “There’s a little area to the side of the salon which the vast majority of customers use, as do the staff, which is now restricted.
“I can see the thinking behind it – residents are unhappy and don’t want people parking there, but this solution is a bit black and white, there’s no room for leniency.
“A lot of our customers travel from places like Leeds and Halifax, and my biggest concern is that people who are not familiar with Castleford will be put off.
“My other gripe is the pay and display on Albion Street is only for an hour, and hair appointments often take much longer than that.
“We have offered to buy permits, but the council has refused, as it’s just for residents.
“The irony is that it will be quiet during the day because residents won’t be using the spaces during the day, as they’ll be at work.
“We consider ourselves a high-end business, and if people are coming in from further afield, that has to be better for Castleford.”
Ian Thomson, the council’s service director for planning and highways, said: “The permit parking scheme has been introduced at the request of residents in the area due to commuters and shoppers parking outside their homes.
“We recognise the importance of local businesses in the area and have provided a number of spaces where customers can park for up to two hours.
“Albion Street also has short-stay parking spaces for up to one hour and there many other car parking spaces around Castleford town centre for those who need to park for longer periods of time.
“New double yellow lines have also been introduced on Bradley Avenue to ensure access into the builder’s yard.”