THE boss of a computer business has threatened to pull the plug on plans for a new shop because of car clampers.
Richard Gwilliam, owner of Easy Group, based in Kirpal Road, Portsmouth, was due to open the company’s first shop in High Street, Cosham, Portsmouth.
But because parking meters and clampers have been introduced to the area he is rethinking plans to open a new store selling telephones and computers at the top of the High Street.
The area was considered a prime site for the company because it had free parking.
But Lee Baron Limited moved meters and Citywatch car clampers into the area’s only free parking site, behind New Look and Iceland, last month.
Richard, 44, said: ‘The site’s previous free parking scheme had been the main selling point in launching our new shops in Cosham.
‘Now we have to rethink our position.
‘I’m appalled that the car park’s owners think it’s right to employ clampers and put people off from coming to the area.’
As previously reported in The News, motorists have seen their vehicles clamped because pay meters were broken and free parking signs had not been taken down, confusing residents over whether they needed to pay to park.
Mr Gwilliam, from Port Solent, said business would not flourish in an area where people live in fear of car clamping.
He said: ‘I spoke with locals at the car park last week and it was very clear that they are unhappy about the changes.
‘I had to tell people there that they had to pay because they weren’t aware.’
Easy Group now plans to look at North End as a possible site for their new store.
Barry Walker, Portsmouth’s city centre manager, said: ‘Parking charges and car clamping is going to have a detrimental effect on business in Cosham.
‘They will end up moving elsewhere and people will shop at Northarbour instead.’