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Fears that parking woes will drive business away in Plaistow

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 March 2017

Andrew Palmer and Robert Goodes concerned about new parking regulations affecting their trade in St Mary's Road, Plaistow

Andrew Palmer and Robert Goodes concerned about new parking regulations affecting their trade in St Mary's Road, Plaistow

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Traders are worried about newly-introduced controlled parking in Plaistow claiming it could drive businesses away.

Robert Goodes, owner of the Lord Stanley pub, is concerned about new parking regulations affecting trade in St Mary's Road, PlaistowRobert Goodes, owner of the Lord Stanley pub, is concerned about new parking regulations affecting trade in St Mary's Road, Plaistow

The owners of the Lord Stanley pub and Cold Formed Products (CFP), both in St Mary’s Road, believe their days could be numbered if nothing is done to solve the parking problems.

Robert Goodes, 65, who owns the pub, told the Recorder: “This could end up being the last draw for the pub.

“When West Ham moved grounds it affected business and now this.”

The controlled parking was installed early last week and the traders claim it is already causing chaos for their businesses.

They claim customers and staff members are struggling to find places to park, while delivery lorries fight to find a place to drop-off goods.

“I never heard anything about it and the company received no letters,” Robert said.

“The staff can’t park and it will also not help trade, as people won’t be able to pull in for one quick pint after work or anything now.”

Andrew Palmer, CFP managing director, said: “Fourteen of our 40 staff drive into work, as they have no other easy way and we work 24 hours, so sometimes public transport is not possible.

“On top of that we can’t get business spaces either.

“When all the parking bays are full up, if a lorry pulls in here it blocks the road.

“This could put us out of business in the extreme case.”

A council spokeswoman told the Recorder that Residential Parking Zones (RPZs) are designed specifically to make sure local residents are able to park near their homes and businesses were consulted beforehand.

She added: “The issue around vehicles visiting the Cold Formed Products factory are complex, but the main issue for residents is use of the street for loading and unloading trucks.

“People have expressed concern at very large vehicles pulling up to load and unload, blocking traffic and parking spaces. Residents say that vehicles are also parked overnight.

“Talks are ongoing to find a solution to this problem.”

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