Trader anger over parking shake-up in Bath city centre
Changes to parking, coach drop-offs and taxi ranks in the city centre have been made as part of a shake-up by council chiefs.
A temporary experiment to relocate bus stops and limit loading started last week as part of Bath and North East Somerset Council's project to enhance the appearance of Terrace Walk and the High Street.
Now deliveries in Terrace Walk can only be made before 9.30am or after 8pm unless vehicles use the loading bays provided on the western side of the road.
The consultation period will run for the next six months and the council will be monitoring how well the changes work.
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Edward Kirk, who owns the uniform shop Scholars in Terrace Walk is angry about the plans, which prevent him from unloading his van outside his shop during the day.
He received a parking ticket for doing just that on Monday.
Mr Kirk said: "I am annoyed at changes which mean that I cannot unload my van outside my shop.
"I parked it here to make a point while unloading, and have now been given a parking ticket."
The council says it recognises the concerns of traders, and has been working with them to come up with solutions, but says Mr Kirk did not attend meetings with officials on the subject.
A council spokesman said that Terrace Walk traders had requested that earlier plans to put coach parking outside their premises should be changed so that coaches should be parked opposite at Bog Island.
"It was revealed that coaches could not safely enter Terrace Walk without the area opposite the island being kept clear of vehicles.
"Therefore, a loading and waiting ban between 9.30am and 8pm is now in force at this location.
"All residents and businesses in Terrace Walk received a letter alerting them to the changes together with a detailed plan.
"Anyone with further queries was encouraged to contact the council – Mr Kirk did not take this opportunity.
"The letter followed a number of face-to-face meetings with Terrace Walk representatives which Mr Kirk did not attend."
Other changes see the taxi rank extended at Orange Grove with no coach drop-offs at that spot, resident permit parking available in York Street, two new loading bays and two new disabled parking bays on the north side of Orange Grove.
More details can be seen at www.bathnes.gov.uk/publicrealm.