City traders hope to reach parking deal for deliveries
CITY centre business are hoping to reach an agreement which will allow them time to load stock in and out of their premises.
Swansea's Business Improvement District (Bid) has approached Swansea Council to discuss the possible introduction of a permit system, which would give them a brief dispensation parking restrictions, following concerns of traders who say they have been hit with parking tickets when bringing stock to their businesses.
Earlier this week, Steve Herbert, who runs The Crepe Vine in Whitewalls, said he had been given a parking ticket while unloading milk on bank holiday Monday, because suppliers were not delivering.
He claims he was given a ticket for leaving his vehicle outside his premises for just eight minutes as he unloaded the stock, and that some market traders had had similar experiences.
He described the experience as 'another nail in city centre trade', and admitted it had left him considering whether to relocate his business elsewhere, to either Cardiff or Bath.
Swansea Council insisted it was working with business to improve city centre trade, and highlighted the 100 temporary car parking spaces opened at the former St David's Shopping Centre site.
But Bid said it was hoping to reach an agreement with the authority, which would give more leeway to traders loading and unloading.
Russell Greenslade, chief executive of
Swansea Bid, said: "We have been made aware of this issue by some businesses in the area.
"We have already approached the local authority asking if it would be possible to issue loading/unloading permits for businesses in this area, we await a response.
"It's felt this idea would certainly help the situation going forward coupled with supporting businesses in carrying out their trade."
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "We are continuing to discuss parking issues with Swansea BID."