Del Boys owner claims parking changes could drive her out of business after 38 years in Canning Town
PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 March 2017
The owner of a long-serving business in Canning Town claims she could be forced to close after 38 years because her vans are too big.
Maria Sansum said the introduction of controlled parking could lead to the demise of her second-hand furniture shop Del Boys because the vehicles are too large to qualify for permits.
The 49-year-old, who took over the business in Barking Road from her 75-year-old father Derek when he decided to take a step back, said she is feeling “uneasy” about what the future may hold.
She said: “This will close me down. A lot of our sales are tall wardrobes and fridge freezers, which would not fit in a small van.
“I have to been given the option to pay £600 for a business permit which I would do.
“If I have to close the business, it’s not just closing, it’s the only work that I’ve ever known.
“It’s not just a business, it will also be stuffing my dad out of his home and I will be jobless, trying to pay off a mortgage.”
A spokesman for Newham Council said the changes were being brought in to insure the availability of parking for locals but bays were available to allow business to load and unload.
However Maria said: “Parking has been a problem in the 38 years that we’ve been here.”
Neighbouring trader Jayesh Patel, who owns Food and Wine, fears the changes could drive away business.
He said: “Where will the customers be able to park?
“Everyone is struggling in business and they’re brining additional costs, it doesn’t make sense.”
The council spokeswoman added: “In line with most London councils, Newham imposes height and length restrictions on vehicles which can qualify for residents or business parking permits.
“Both residents and businesses in the area were consulted twice, giving them the opportunity to make their views known and to inform the design of the scheme.”