Town centre traders demand loading bays in their street
TRADER Robert Krywyckyj hopes parking restrictions outside his store can be relaxed – so he can make more deliveries to his furniture business.
The 34-year-old, of Trentham, runs FS Furniture in Market Street, Longton, and says customers and delivery drivers struggle to park on the road.
He has been hit with a parking fine after being caught on double yellow lines by the council 'spy car' while delivering stock.
A further 17 drivers have been caught on the same road since May 2011.
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Now Mr Krywyckyj is calling for loading bays to be introduced in the street in an attempt to stop traders being hit with fines.
He said: "We have a back entrance where I park my car.
"But it is hard to get the furniture through the back door sometimes because it is too big, so we drive around to the front and take it through the double doors but by that time you could get caught.
"It is a busy road and I understand that it is dangerous if people park along it, but some kind of loading bays should be introduced because it can be a struggle."
Marlene Scott, manager of the Scope charity shop, in Market Street, agrees.
She said: "Our business relies on donations from people and if they cannot pull up then they cannot drop the bags off.
"I know drivers park on double yellow lines but there is nowhere else for them to go.
"Some people do also park along the street to go into the bank, which is wrong, but for people who are just nipping into the shop then there should be some kind of leniency."