TRADERS have called for city leaders to come up with a promised deal to get rid of controversial car clampers in Cosham.
Traders in the High Street are unhappy with the time it is taking for the city council to come to agreement with Lee Baron Ltd, which manages the car park behind the Iceland store.
Cllr Jason Fazackarley, who is responsible for roads on the city council, had promised to find a way for the council to police the car park.
The scheme would mean City Watch, the firm which has clamped hundreds of drivers since charges were introduced, being given its marching orders.
Cllr Fazackarley met with Lee Baron on September 6 and both parties agreed to meet again to thrash out details – but since then traders have not had any more information.
Dil Dave, 57, owner of Drapewise Interiors, said: ‘It needs sorting out and fast. The council doesn’t seem to be doing anything concrete about the problem.
‘It should have put a temporary measure in place to compensate whilst they are agreeing terms. Why couldn’t it introduce free parking on the High Street in the meantime?’
Pat Read, 63, manager of Naomi House Childrens Hospice Shop, said: ‘I thought a second meeting would have happened. The council needs to step up its game.’
The car park is council-owned but leased to private firm Lionsgate Properties, which employs Lee Baron to manage it.
Hundreds of motorists have been stung by £205 fines at the car park since the clampers moved in this summer. This week clampers disappeared for two days because parking meters were out of order, which meant motorists could park for free.
The council and Lee Baron insist negotiations are still on-going by email.
Cllr Fazackarley said: ‘Our initial figures were rejected so now we’re in the process of improving our offer.’
Kevin Kelehan of Lee Baron said: ‘A deal isn’t on the table yet but discussions are still ongoing between myself and Cllr Fazackarley.’