Boss calls for action to keep paws off parking spaces

Owner Darren Bailey outside Paw Prints, Hipperholme, where he says all day parking is affecting his business
Owner Darren Bailey outside Paw Prints, Hipperholme, where he says all day parking is affecting his business

A business owner is calling for action against motorists taking advantage of parking spaces outside his store and damaging his trade.

Darren Bailey of Paw Prints on Halifax Road, Hipperholme, has asked Calderdale Council for five years to look at installing regulations outside his store due to businesses and people using the space all day, preventing potential customers from parking.

Mr Bailey said the problem has been compounded due to a business over the road parking their work vehicles in the spaces.

“It is really difficult for people passing by and wanting to buy a big bag of food and they are forced to park further down the road. There are regular offenders who park outside and then catch the bus into town for work.”

He would welcome a two hour maximum stay regulation outside which would free up spaces. “If we get a winter like last year then we will get no trade again.

“People parked on the main road as it was kept clear. However, if customers can’t get parked they wont come into the shop which means I wont be able to pay staff.”

Calderdale Council’s Head of Planning and Highways, Geoff Willerton, said the council is formalising their current approach and introducing a policy for the assessment and prioritisation of minor traffic and parking improvement schemes.

“The criteria used will take into account the impact on all road users, businesses, traffic speeds and social and environmental issues. The proposed policy will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet in December, and if approved, we’ll use it to assess all requests of this type, including the one for parking restrictions in Hipperholme.”