Traders on Rothwell’s high street have spoken out after suppliers were handed parking tickets while delivering essential stock.
It’s the latest in a string of alleged problems on Commercial Street, with shopkeepers already worried for the safety of pedestrians due to speeding motorists on the busy street.
The street has traffic restrictions in place from 10am to 4pm and the only vehicles allowed to pass through are buses and commercial and construction vehicles.
With the restrictions in full force, many traders have had problems with stock being delivered to the main street. Some claim they have had to walk long distances carrying heavy stock after it was delivered to nearby locations.
Dean Cooper, 47, owner of Dean’s Butchers on Commercial Street, has had problems with getting his meat re-stocked. His shop is classed as a small business, meaning that delivery drivers do not have access to the street during the critical working hours.
Traders are unable to request delivery drivers to come at times to suit them during the working day. Dean said: “It would be nice if delivery drivers could come when they like.
“We sometimes need meat on the day and we end up having to wait.
“Some of our customers are disabled so it would be nice for them if there was disabled parking somewhere on the street.”
Elaine Taylor, 58, owner of Glamorous Gifts, on Commercial Street, has had parking tickets in the past.
She has had to carry heavy stock from drop-off points away from the street, as her business has no back entrance.
Elaine said: “The street is very restrictive to deliveries.
“It hampers us as traders.
“It would be good to have a few pull in areas so we did not have to carry the goods a long way.”
Another trader, who wished to remain anonymous, said that a delivery driver, who was in the shop for just 30 seconds, received a parking ticket.
Frustrated traders have held community meetings and have contacted Leeds City Council with suggestions to tackle the ongoing problems.
However, the council have stated that the street is a pedestrain zone for safety reasons.
A spokeswoman for Leeds City Council said: ”Any vehicles entering the zone will be ticketed regardless of how long they are there.
“This is for the safety of shoppers and other pedestrians.
“There are times in the morning and evening during which deliveries can be made, otherwise delivery drivers are required to park at an alternative location.”