Parking changes are hitting business, say Darwen traders

This Is Lancashire: From left, traders Jake Young Debra Ainsworth-Lord, Lorna Read and Ron Nairey From left, traders Jake Young Debra Ainsworth-Lord, Lorna Read and Ron Nairey

ANGRY traders say changes to parking in a busy town centre street are causing them to lose business.

Shop bosses in Market Street, Darwen, were furious after diagonal parking bays were replaced with a new parallel parking system.

And business have launched a petition calling for the old system to be reinstated.

Previously, cars were able to drive straight into the diagonal bays, four of which were designated disabled bays.

But under the new system, drivers have to reverse into the spaces, causing a danger to oncoming traffic, traders said. They also hit out at the introduction of new taxi parking bays across the road, despite the fact there is only one registered Hackney carriage in the town.

Ron Nairey owns The Tea Shop and said he had seen a noticeable decline in his trade.

He said: “Old people will not park like that and they are our core customers. It is dangerous for them to reverse and it slows the traffic down. I have seen a decline in business in the past week.”

Deborah Ainsworth Lord, of Ainsworth Lord Estate Agents, said: “It was sneaky the way they did it late on a Friday so nobody noticed. I think we are down to 30 per cent parking capacity now in the road.”

The changes have also caused problems for disabled people, including Lorna Read, from Pot House, who suffers with severe arthritis.

She said: “The very nature of disabled spaces is the need for more room.

“I physically could not park there this morning but luckily managed to get a space in the underground car park in School Street.”

Sudell councillor Roy Davies said, along with bosses at Boots, he had launched a petition. He said: “We had not heard anything about it then all at once it was changed.

“They say it is safer that way as they can drive straight out, but they have to stop to reverse in.

“Parking on the other side is only for black cabs but I think we only have one licensed black cab in Darwen, so the spaces will never be used.”

No-one from Blackburn with Darwen Council was available to comment at the time of going to press.

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2:31pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Bat E Karen says...

Bloody typical of the council! "Darwen's running smoothly at the moment so what can we do to bugger it up a bit?"

Who on earth came up with the idea of reducing parking spaces, and making it more difficult and slower to get in and out, when it was absolutely fine and safe before?
Bloody typical of the council! "Darwen's running smoothly at the moment so what can we do to bugger it up a bit?" Who on earth came up with the idea of reducing parking spaces, and making it more difficult and slower to get in and out, when it was absolutely fine and safe before? Bat E Karen
  • Score: 38

2:31pm Tue 24 Jun 14

A Darener says...

And so it begins! Having ruined Blackburn for shoppers the council are now starting on Darwen. It won't be long before both town are closed for business.
And so it begins! Having ruined Blackburn for shoppers the council are now starting on Darwen. It won't be long before both town are closed for business. A Darener
  • Score: 37

3:56pm Tue 24 Jun 14

mark1024 says...

so do i take it that the council are preparing to prosecute anyone who reverses into a bay for driving the wrong way down a one way street?
so do i take it that the council are preparing to prosecute anyone who reverses into a bay for driving the wrong way down a one way street? mark1024
  • Score: 21

3:58pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Mothernature says...

Obviously the council are jealous of Darwen and would love to see it go the way of Blackburn. LT, it would have been nice to have the information made available to those of us who wish to sign the petition. Think I will have a wander down to Boots and find the information myself.
Obviously the council are jealous of Darwen and would love to see it go the way of Blackburn. LT, it would have been nice to have the information made available to those of us who wish to sign the petition. Think I will have a wander down to Boots and find the information myself. Mothernature
  • Score: 21

5:14pm Tue 24 Jun 14

phil kernot says...

Some good news capita ,, has lost the parking contract ,, that's why 90% are agency ,, and the manager of parking services is NOT qualified in parking law .. And why are tickets still being issued when double yellow lines are in need of repair and not continuous ,,, it's illegal to do so ,, why because capitas attitude is if they don't appeal thay will pay ,,, ( capita collects the illegal tv licence when you don't need to pay it )
Some good news capita ,, has lost the parking contract ,, that's why 90% are agency ,, and the manager of parking services is NOT qualified in parking law .. And why are tickets still being issued when double yellow lines are in need of repair and not continuous ,,, it's illegal to do so ,, why because capitas attitude is if they don't appeal thay will pay ,,, ( capita collects the illegal tv licence when you don't need to pay it ) phil kernot
  • Score: 14

5:26pm Tue 24 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

mark1024 wrote:
so do i take it that the council are preparing to prosecute anyone who reverses into a bay for driving the wrong way down a one way street?
Agree Good point, would certainly increase council coffers !! Really Darwen could do with an "in/out vote" with the Blackburn with Darwen situation before it too is destroyed !!!
[quote][p][bold]mark1024[/bold] wrote: so do i take it that the council are preparing to prosecute anyone who reverses into a bay for driving the wrong way down a one way street?[/p][/quote]Agree Good point, would certainly increase council coffers !! Really Darwen could do with an "in/out vote" with the Blackburn with Darwen situation before it too is destroyed !!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 22

6:15pm Tue 24 Jun 14

harrybash says...

The people in Darwen need to be gratefull they dont have to pay for parking as there are no meters.Traffick Wardens must go to Darwen for a rest !
The people in Darwen need to be gratefull they dont have to pay for parking as there are no meters.Traffick Wardens must go to Darwen for a rest ! harrybash
  • Score: -15

8:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

s_smith says...

phil kernot wrote:
Some good news capita ,, has lost the parking contract ,, that's why 90% are agency ,, and the manager of parking services is NOT qualified in parking law .. And why are tickets still being issued when double yellow lines are in need of repair and not continuous ,,, it's illegal to do so ,, why because capitas attitude is if they don't appeal thay will pay ,,, ( capita collects the illegal tv licence when you don't need to pay it )
What are you on about? Capita only do the back-office stuff... the wardens are Council employees and it is they who issue the tickets.
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: Some good news capita ,, has lost the parking contract ,, that's why 90% are agency ,, and the manager of parking services is NOT qualified in parking law .. And why are tickets still being issued when double yellow lines are in need of repair and not continuous ,,, it's illegal to do so ,, why because capitas attitude is if they don't appeal thay will pay ,,, ( capita collects the illegal tv licence when you don't need to pay it )[/p][/quote]What are you on about? Capita only do the back-office stuff... the wardens are Council employees and it is they who issue the tickets. s_smith
  • Score: 8

8:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

boynesider says...

reversing one a one way street to park is legal I believe.that said if it isn't broke why fix it? people justifying their jobs?????
reversing one a one way street to park is legal I believe.that said if it isn't broke why fix it? people justifying their jobs????? boynesider
  • Score: 14

8:38pm Tue 24 Jun 14

child44 says...

Ron Nairey is off the mark saying that it's dangerous for old people to reverse. If they can't reverse safely then they probably shouldn't be driving.
That said, WHY have they changed it? Why didn't Darwen Town Council know about it/do anything?
Ron Nairey is off the mark saying that it's dangerous for old people to reverse. If they can't reverse safely then they probably shouldn't be driving. That said, WHY have they changed it? Why didn't Darwen Town Council know about it/do anything? child44
  • Score: 18

10:58pm Tue 24 Jun 14

akangeez2014 says...

Isn't it for the bus Lane that not many actually want?
Isn't it for the bus Lane that not many actually want? akangeez2014
  • Score: 9

11:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

s_smith says...

To make any change like this (as it involves changing a legal order) there would be consultation with ward members, the executive member and there would have been a report written. Darwen TC would probably have also been consulted... plus there would have been notices put in the LT and on lam posts nearby.

I used to do much the same (on the legal side) in a former life before I retired and it was a much simpler process back then before everything became "cabinets and portfolio's and executives".

One thing they CANNOT do is just unilaterally change things on an officers whim. There are legal processes to go through - and if they don't the High Court can be petitioned and the Council reprimanded.
To make any change like this (as it involves changing a legal order) there would be consultation with ward members, the executive member and there would have been a report written. Darwen TC would probably have also been consulted... plus there would have been notices put in the LT and on lam posts nearby. I used to do much the same (on the legal side) in a former life before I retired and it was a much simpler process back then before everything became "cabinets and portfolio's and executives". One thing they CANNOT do is just unilaterally change things on an officers whim. There are legal processes to go through - and if they don't the High Court can be petitioned and the Council reprimanded. s_smith
  • Score: 7

2:25am Wed 25 Jun 14

jackie.livesey says...

It wasn't broke so they had to fix it just to add to the stupid traffic system in town. It's only public money. Cut backs what cut backs.?
It wasn't broke so they had to fix it just to add to the stupid traffic system in town. It's only public money. Cut backs what cut backs.? jackie.livesey
  • Score: 15

7:56am Wed 25 Jun 14

A Darener says...

s_smith wrote:
To make any change like this (as it involves changing a legal order) there would be consultation with ward members, the executive member and there would have been a report written. Darwen TC would probably have also been consulted... plus there would have been notices put in the LT and on lam posts nearby.

I used to do much the same (on the legal side) in a former life before I retired and it was a much simpler process back then before everything became "cabinets and portfolio's and executives".

One thing they CANNOT do is just unilaterally change things on an officers whim. There are legal processes to go through - and if they don't the High Court can be petitioned and the Council reprimanded.
I park there all the time and I didn't see any notification, nor apparently did any of the shopkeepers!
[quote][p][bold]s_smith[/bold] wrote: To make any change like this (as it involves changing a legal order) there would be consultation with ward members, the executive member and there would have been a report written. Darwen TC would probably have also been consulted... plus there would have been notices put in the LT and on lam posts nearby. I used to do much the same (on the legal side) in a former life before I retired and it was a much simpler process back then before everything became "cabinets and portfolio's and executives". One thing they CANNOT do is just unilaterally change things on an officers whim. There are legal processes to go through - and if they don't the High Court can be petitioned and the Council reprimanded.[/p][/quote]I park there all the time and I didn't see any notification, nor apparently did any of the shopkeepers! A Darener
  • Score: 16

10:40am Wed 25 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

Blackburn clowncil gets it wrong-again!
Keep voting them in.
If Scotland can pull away from England......?
Blackburn clowncil gets it wrong-again! Keep voting them in. If Scotland can pull away from England......? vicn1956
  • Score: 9

12:40pm Wed 25 Jun 14

tonyk74 says...

you only have yourselves to blame for voting these idiots in!!!!!!!!
you only have yourselves to blame for voting these idiots in!!!!!!!! tonyk74
  • Score: 11

2:46pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Rumpole says...

s_smith wrote:
To make any change like this (as it involves changing a legal order) there would be consultation with ward members, the executive member and there would have been a report written. Darwen TC would probably have also been consulted... plus there would have been notices put in the LT and on lam posts nearby.

I used to do much the same (on the legal side) in a former life before I retired and it was a much simpler process back then before everything became "cabinets and portfolio's and executives".

One thing they CANNOT do is just unilaterally change things on an officers whim. There are legal processes to go through - and if they don't the High Court can be petitioned and the Council reprimanded.
I think you will find the council only follow the legal processes when it suits them, any other time they do as they like!
[quote][p][bold]s_smith[/bold] wrote: To make any change like this (as it involves changing a legal order) there would be consultation with ward members, the executive member and there would have been a report written. Darwen TC would probably have also been consulted... plus there would have been notices put in the LT and on lam posts nearby. I used to do much the same (on the legal side) in a former life before I retired and it was a much simpler process back then before everything became "cabinets and portfolio's and executives". One thing they CANNOT do is just unilaterally change things on an officers whim. There are legal processes to go through - and if they don't the High Court can be petitioned and the Council reprimanded.[/p][/quote]I think you will find the council only follow the legal processes when it suits them, any other time they do as they like! Rumpole
  • Score: 8

2:51pm Wed 25 Jun 14

s_smith says...

Rumpole wrote:
s_smith wrote:
To make any change like this (as it involves changing a legal order) there would be consultation with ward members, the executive member and there would have been a report written. Darwen TC would probably have also been consulted... plus there would have been notices put in the LT and on lam posts nearby.

I used to do much the same (on the legal side) in a former life before I retired and it was a much simpler process back then before everything became "cabinets and portfolio's and executives".

One thing they CANNOT do is just unilaterally change things on an officers whim. There are legal processes to go through - and if they don't the High Court can be petitioned and the Council reprimanded.
I think you will find the council only follow the legal processes when it suits them, any other time they do as they like!
In which case this can be taken by anyone straight to the High Court. If it bothering people that much, that's the way to go.
[quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s_smith[/bold] wrote: To make any change like this (as it involves changing a legal order) there would be consultation with ward members, the executive member and there would have been a report written. Darwen TC would probably have also been consulted... plus there would have been notices put in the LT and on lam posts nearby. I used to do much the same (on the legal side) in a former life before I retired and it was a much simpler process back then before everything became "cabinets and portfolio's and executives". One thing they CANNOT do is just unilaterally change things on an officers whim. There are legal processes to go through - and if they don't the High Court can be petitioned and the Council reprimanded.[/p][/quote]I think you will find the council only follow the legal processes when it suits them, any other time they do as they like![/p][/quote]In which case this can be taken by anyone straight to the High Court. If it bothering people that much, that's the way to go. s_smith
  • Score: 9

6:49pm Sun 29 Jun 14

amazed says...

Absolutely disgusted at the "re-organisation" (ruination) of the car parking bays in Market Street. We got the shock of our lives when we saw what had happened. After years of straight forward parking, then to be confronted by this made my blood boil!! Let us have some common sense and return it to what it was. I am so glad that there are protests afoot - but will "they" take any notice/
Absolutely disgusted at the "re-organisation" (ruination) of the car parking bays in Market Street. We got the shock of our lives when we saw what had happened. After years of straight forward parking, then to be confronted by this made my blood boil!! Let us have some common sense and return it to what it was. I am so glad that there are protests afoot - but will "they" take any notice/ amazed
  • Score: 5

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