Chichester traders get their signs

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Traders in the Hornet are celebrating victory in their campaign for proper parking restriction signs near their businesses.

The owner of LA Fish, Adam Papadamou, launched a campaign last summer to force West Sussex County Council to install proper parking restriction signs for the bays outside his and other traders’ premises at the far eastern arm of The Hornet to enable customers to park there.

Until now, because the previous signs did not meet regulations regarding spacing, parking wardens were not able to enforce the one-hour waiting rule.

This meant commuters were parking there all day and depriving businesses of a significant amount of trade.

Mr Papadamou contacted the Observer in August about his frustration over the situation and last month also contacted Chichester district councillor Alan Chaplin.

To help move matters along Cllr Chaplin wrote to several other councillors for their support, and following a signed emailed letter to WSCC parking strategy manager Chris Barrett, asking for the work to be carried out before Christmas, the work was carried out a few days later.

Mr Papadamou said he was pleased the work had been done, but said it seemed unnecessary to have to wait for so long for such a simple task to be carried out.

He said traders had been badly affected and that the council did not realise how serious it had become.

“After a year and a half, it takes five minutes,” said Mr Papadamou.

“I wasn’t going to give up, but it is unacceptable to have to wait for a five-minute job.”

He said businesses were now much busier because customers were able to drop off and pick up goods, and that enforcement was now being carried out.