Village garage under threat as council proposals could see it lose 12 parking spaces

New traffic calming measures could have disastrous impact on family-owned garage

Village garage under threat as council proposals could see it lose 12 parking spaces

An independent garage owner has said that proposed plans to introduce double yellow lines outside his workshop will threaten the business, Newcastle Evening Chronicle has reported.

Gateshead Council is currently consulting on traffic control plans which include new double yellow lines to prevent parking or waiting outside the garage.

Wes Bruce, owner of Winlaton Garage, said: “If it goes ahead we’re going to lose 12 parking spaces, which as a garage would have a massive knock on effect.

“I bought the garage off my dad two years ago and I have a mortgage to pay on it, to cover my overheads I need to get in 20 cars a day, my customers need somewhere to park.

“A threat to my livelihood”

“It’s a threat to my livelihood and the livelihood of my 12 employees.

“It’ll be bad for other traders in the village too.

“The common sense thing to do would be to put in more parking spaces.”

A spokesperson for Gateshead Council said: “No decisions have been made yet.

“We carried out public consultation with residents and business of Winlaton in the spring.

“The feedback from which has been taken into consideration.

“We are now carrying out a further round of formal, written consultation.”

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