RESIDENTS and traders in Yeading Lane are at odds regarding a bid to have parking restrictions imposed on the shopping parade.
A petition calling on Hillingdon Council to enforce a 'stop and shop' parking scheme was considered at a council meeting last Wednesday.
The scheme would allow shoppers free parking for up to half an hour. Council officers will now inspect the area and make recommendations .
The petitioners argue that cars parked partially on the pavement block the walkway, pose a danger to pedestrians and cause damage to the kerb.
Three-quarters of the 40 signatories were people living in the neighbour-hood, the remainder shop owners - but the proposals have not been welcomed by everyone in the neighbourhood.
Last March, shopkeepers objected to the council's proposals to remove pavement parking, put double yellow lines on one side of the road and install a loading bay, saying it would deter customers and affect trade.
Inthu Muthucumarasamy, manager of the Yeading Lane post office, told the Gazette he had never seen any problems with safety and the introduction of parking restrictions would spell disaster for the businesses along the stretch.
"Our customers often come here because of the free parking and if that stops it will only be a matter of time before we have to close," he said.
"Queues in this shop are unpredictable. I don't think a half an hour time limit will be long enough for people to do everything they want to get done.
"Business rates are sky high. We are already losing trade and hundreds of post offices have already closed - we don't want to be next."
The parade is very busy with young people during school term-time, as both Barnhill Community High School and Brookside Primary School are just a short walk away.
Echelon parking - set at an angle to the kerb - was initially proposed as a possible solution to accommodate more spaces and to free up pavement space but it was found that the road was not wide enough.
The Yeading Safer Neighbourhoods Team, whose officers are concerned about access for emergency vehicles, has also supported the cause.
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