Relief for Birstall’s traders after parking row

The BBRA and Birstall Chamber of Trade have each been awarded one thousand pounds for crime reduction measures in their respective town centres. BBRA chairman Andrew Marsden and chamber chairman Anne Thompson in front of Batley Police Station. (D532A336)

The BBRA and Birstall Chamber of Trade have each been awarded one thousand pounds for crime reduction measures in their respective town centres. BBRA chairman Andrew Marsden and chamber chairman Anne Thompson in front of Batley Police Station. (D532A336)

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A drawn-out dispute between traders and developers over a car park in Birstall is finally being resolved after Kirklees Council has vowed to take action.

Permission was conditionally granted in December last year for the Shop Locally off-licence next to the High Street car park on 61 Low Lane, after it received 50 objections to the application made in July 2012.

Controversy hounded the work when this February a handrailing was placed outside the shop on the curb instead of away from its inner edge as conditions stated. Traders claimed this prevented cars from hanging over the curb, resulting in a decline in custom because drivers would be put off by the lack of space.

 

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