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Clacton: Trader claims business has been butchered by town centre changes
3:00pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A TRADER claims his business has been butchered by controversial changes made to Clacton’s town centre in 2007.
Managing director of Meat Inn butchers on Pier Avenue, Richard Chalmers, says business has dropped by more than 30 per cent as a result of traffic regulations introduced in the street.
In 2007 cars were banned from driving on the stretch of road between McDonalds and the Edinburgh Woollen Mill between 10am and 4pm, seven days a week.
The butchers’ boss claims the change had a drastic effect on his business because cars were no longer able park outside the high street shops.
Mr Chalmers said: “Since the regulations have come in we have lost more than 30 per cent of trade from our Clacton shop.
“I can see the point of trying to make it a better environment for shoppers but there needs to be some balance.
“I come into the shop on a Saturday and I can’t believe it. It is like a ghost town because people are not able to park there."
Mr Chalmers has called for regulations to be eased on Saturdays to boost trade.
But Essex County Council currently has no plans to alter the regulations.