Chichester mother fears impact of A-board loss on her shop

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A MOTHER has hit out at council plans which could see her fledgling business killed off.

Holly Jones opened her new Chichester shop Preloved By Kids on October 1.

However, because it is not on a main street, she said she was dependent on her new A-board to let people know she was there.

“I had no customers at all until I had an A-board,” she said.

“If it wasn’t there, I’d have nothing.”

Born and brought up in Chichester, she started the business on Facebook as she had a number of children’s clothes that were no longer used, and started to sell them.

She said one of the reasons she started the business was to support herself and her four-year-old daughter.

“From a personal point of view I want my daughter to be proud of me,” she said.

“I’m trying to make my business work.

“Take away the A-board and I will go.

“I don’t understand why they’re doing it. They need companies to stay in Chichester. Everyone on the side streets will lose business – especially the new companies.”

After her business took off on Facebook, she found the unit in Jay’s Walk, just off Martin Street.

The owner of the building, Edward Jay, said most of his seven tenants relied on passing trade generated by the boards.

They have now received letters from Chichester District Council telling them to remove them.

Mr Jay said: “Reading the letter it seems to say they are trying to make Chichester more appealing by removing the A-boards, but most people that come to Chichester come for the independent traders.”

Mr Jay said he initially supported the plans when he thought they would be applied with discretion but could not understand why all traders were being told to remove their unlicensed boards.

“If you have a massive frontage on the main street and also an A-board cluttering up the street, I can see the point in that,” he said.

“I think it should be, if you have a frontage on the main drag you don’t get an A-board, but if you don’t have frontage, without an A-board people don’t know you’re there.

“It seems like an attack on independent traders because they have taken a blanket approach.”