Fury as double yellow lines painted outside Dagenham businesses without warning
10:52 07 December 2016
Traders preparing for the Christmas rush were left fuming after council workers painted double yellow lines outside their shops.
Businessowners say they appeared without warning on Thursday morning and mean drivers can no longer park along Dagenham’s Royal Parade.
Aradali Khan’s shop Appliances 4 Less is just one of many affected.
“Everyone is devastated,” he said. “We are small shops struggling for life now.”
Paul Smith, whose store Motorways A1 Autospares is also on the Church Elm Lane site, said: “It’s absolutely appalling.
“The council are a law unto themselves. All they’re interested in is money, money, money. All they worry about is what they can get off you.”
Spaces became limited along the route after a nearby car park was knocked down to make way for a health centre.
Now Paul fears he will lose customers during the peak Christmas period.
“I can’t have my delivery of Christmas bikes because the van can’t park anywhere,” he said. “I might as well close up and go home.”
Kalpesh Patel from neighbouring Key Shop News, a newsagent’s which was run by his dad-in-law for 35 years, says his trade has been hit. “I’ve got a very bad feeling,” he said. “Nobody is coming in.”
A council spokesman said: “We wanted to put in these lines to stop double parking and make the streets safer as well as improving traffic flow. However, we will consult the community, including businesses, before any enforcement.”