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Parking ban threatens to kill off pub

PUBLISHED: 15:47 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:24 23 August 2010

FEARS: Landlord Gary Snell

FEARS: Landlord Gary Snell

A LANDLORD fears he will be forced to shut his pub if daytime parking is banned in his street. Gary Snell, 47, landlord of the Sir John Franklin, in High Street, Greenhithe, has branded the proposals by Dartford Borough Council as complete overkill . N

A LANDLORD fears he will be forced to shut his pub if daytime parking is banned in his street.

Gary Snell, 47, landlord of the Sir John Franklin, in High Street, Greenhithe, has branded the proposals by Dartford Borough Council as "complete overkill".

Nearly 200 residents attended a meeting with council chiefs at the nearby Asda store this month after letters were handed out to residents affected.

Mr Snell, landlord for eight years, claims that if the double-yellow lines are agreed, he would lose nearly all his daytime trade, forced away because customers are unable to park outside the pub.

He said: "It is a typical village pub, used by a lot of the community, and I rely on daytime trade. If these parking restrictions come in, it really would be the end of it. I wouldn't be able to survive on evening trade alone. Workers from the nearby industrial estate come to drink at the pub during their lunch hour, but with these double yellows, there would be nowhere for them to park.

"That would mean I would be forced to close during the day, and I would have to make cutbacks, and that would mean losing four or five staff straight away."

Other parking restrictions in the area include single yellow lines and residents' parking bays. Roads affected by the new proposals include Eagles Road, Station Road and The Avenue.

Mr Snell, who attended the meeting on Saturday, January 17, added: "There is a lot of opposition to it. The parking restrictions are needed to stop commuters leaving their cars and getting on the train into town.

"But why double yellows? These restrictions are too severe. It's not a busy road anyway. It's overkill. What they are proposing is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

"Why not put a single yellow line in and have some fair balance?"

Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford Borough Council, said: "It's not our business to make life more difficult for the businesses and residents of a neighbourhood and we don't intervene in local parking issues like these unless local people or the area's councillors invite us to.

"Having been pressed to come up with some parking solutions by residents who are very exasperated by the situation in Greenhithe, we have simply laid out an option and now invite all the people of the area to tell us whether they want to change the current system or not. It's for them to decide."

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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