PAY and display car parking at an Abbeymead is driving away trade from local businesses and forcing people to park dangerously, according to residents and businesses.
Bosses at The Turmut Hoer pub say they installed the pay and display system because of a number of people not visiting the pub but still filling up their car park, stopping customers from visiting.
But local businesses say that visitors are not noticing the difference between the privately owned pub car park and the spaces outside their premises, and this is affecting trade.
The manager of Level One Hairdressers, which is opposite The Turmut Hoer, said: “None of our customers seem to understand the new parking system, and because of that we’ve had a really quiet week.
“People are just driving in then driving straight out again. It needs to be made clear that you don’t need to pay to park in the spaces in front of our businesses.”Parents picking up their children from the nearby Abbeymead School add to the number of cars in the area during peak times. The pub says it will continue to let parents use the car park as a pick up and drop off point for short periods.
Jim Beeley, Councillor for Hucclecote, said: “Car parking is a massive issue for people in this area, so I regret that the pub has done this.
“I can understand why The Turmut Hoer has done this, so the council is going to await the impact of the changes.”
The pub says the manager spoke to local businesses in advance to let them know of the changes and put up notices in the car park.
A spokesman for Turmut Hoer said: “The pay and display charges were introduced last week due to the number of people not visiting the pub using the car park.
“Unfortunately our customers were having difficulty parking in the car park because it was full, even though the pub wasn’t.”
The charge is £1.00 for three hours, which is refunded to customers who use the pub.
Richard Angell, Owner of nearby business Angell Pets, said: “It’s stopping customers getting to the shop and it’s affecting our trade. We’ve also had difficulties with our delivery companies having access to the shop.”
Robin Raab-Watts, local resident, said: “By making part of the car park to The Turmot Hoer a pay and display which was free up until now will force the primary school parents and secondary education children drop offs for the various school buses to block Mead Road.
“What bird brain thought this one up?”
Brad Lewis, Manager of nearby Abbeymead Fish Bar, said: “It needs to be made clear that the spaces outside our businesses are different to those in the car park.
“I can understand why the pub has done this if loads of people were taking up their spaces without going in.”