Lay-by bylaw needed to tackle car sales problem
OK, we are in a recession, a possible double dip ... perhaps now is the time for some of the councillors on North East Lincolnshire Council to take positive and decisive action to deal with one of the biggest issues in the area.
We read in the Grimsby Telegraph of businesses closing, sometimes because they cannot compete with the supermarkets.
I would ask councillors to take a stroll along Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, there are still some shops that are “getting by” but for how long? People need to park nearby and indeed there are lay-bys for this purpose, unfortunately they are full of cars for sale.
The outcome will be genuine car traders in the area closing, local convenience and specialised shops closing because people cannot get to them and a loss of revenue in council tax because of empty shops, not to mention vandalised premises.
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There is actually a simple solution, perhaps so simple for the council to understand. I will explain. On a recent visit to Great Yarmouth I noticed they do not have this problem, why? Because they have a bylaw that states they do not allow “trading” in their lay-bys.
Perhaps someone could telephone and liaise with Great Yarmouth council if they are unsure how to implement this.
It really does just require common sense action. So who is going to take it on board and sort it? The cost to the local authority would be negligible (a few signs in the lay-bys) but the impact it could make on the genuine traders in the area (the shops) could make the difference between survival and closure.
Denis Steer, Fallowfield Road, Grimsby.
The Telegraph says
There are certain streets where such roadside sales are commonplace, continuous and unfair for residents. Isn’t it time someone grasped the nettle on this?