‘Double yellow lines deserve the chop’ says butcher

parking restrictions: Butcher Colin Mackintosh claims the new yellow lines off Chester Road will have an impact on trade.
parking restrictions: Butcher Colin Mackintosh claims the new yellow lines off Chester Road will have an impact on trade.
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A BUTCHER is claiming new parking restrictions could eat into his business.

Double yellow lines have been placed down streets off Chester Road.

However, Colin Mackintosh, who runs Mackintosh’s Butcher’s in Chester Road, claims it could give traders the chop.

He said: “They have extended the double yellow lines to the corners of the side streets.

“They have done the same on the opposite side and they have done it all down the road.

“It is taking valuable parking spaces away and is bound to have an impact on trade.” Parking has been a problem in the streets around Sunderland Royal Hospital for years and a £6.1million, 766-space multi-storey car park was opened last month to improve the situation.

Coun Michael Mordey, portfolio holder for city services at Sunderland City Council, said: “In addition to Phase Three of the popular residents’ community parking management scheme, new double-yellow lines are being introduced at some junction streets with Chester Road.

“These waiting restrictions are to within 10 metres (32ft) of every junction along Chester Road, from Thelma Street to Guisborough Street.

“Streets off Chester Road are also used to provide numbers of limited waiting bays to serve local businesses. A working group made up of the local residents’ association, ward councillors and council officers meet regularly to work up proposals.

“Local traders, such as Mr Mackintosh, can attend, and he has attended this group previously to raise issues.”