Business owners in a decaying town center are being terrorized by parking charges.


Business owners in a decaying town center are being terrorized by parking charges.

BUSINESS owners in Ayr have banded forces to take on parking attendants who are “terrorizing” businesses in the town’s “dying” center.

Charges were levied against the companies after they failed to follow the convoluted regulations for loading and unloading items. On the popular Newmarket Street, businesses can load and unload before 10:30 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m.

However, in the High Street, business owners can only load or unload products for up to 30 minutes at a time.

Businesses can only unload at the discretion of the “parking attendants,” leaving many people perplexed by the restrictions.

The approach, according to Jim McSherry, spokesman for the Wee Windaes pub in Ayr, is “not fair” to companies.

“Parking attendants are terrorizing the town,” he told the Daily Record.

“They scheduled me last week at 10.10 a.m., which is the second time the same warden has scheduled me.

“We’re not parking here; we’re loading and unloading because we’re businesses, but it seems like you need a permit.”

“They’re scheduling businesses while the community is withering on its feet.

“Everyone just pays it,” says one resident, “but it’s not fair, especially when we’re trying to trade and provide services to the community.

“When individuals park outside their shops, it’s plain sense; it’s the only way they can operate.”

For dumping stock, Zoe Hunter, co-owner of the food company They Bake, was also fined.

She claimed that they had inquired about obtaining a permit, but that the attendant was unable to assist them.

Businesses have been “a little taken aback” by the unexpected influx of tickets, according to Ms Hunter.

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The procedure of obtaining a permission from the council, according to Alison Ingram, creator of Hairstopper, was difficult.

She advised that while some parking attendants were friendly, others were not.

Residents, retailers, and employees in Ayr may be eligible for Access or Loading permits, according to the Ayrshire Roads Alliance (ARA).

Drivers will need an Ayr Town centre Loading Permit, which may only be used to unload a private car after 4:30 p.m. and before 10:30 a.m., according to the website.

Drivers must not be utilized between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., according to the permission.

A permit can be applied for by drivers. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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