‘We must fight to save these parking spaces for Southsea’

WORRIED Andre Guedeney says Portsmouth City Council's plans for Osborne Road could spell doom for traders
WORRIED Andre Guedeney says Portsmouth City Council's plans for Osborne Road could spell doom for traders

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THE parking spaces outside my shop on Osborne Road are the lifeblood of my business.

I have been horrified to hear that the council is considering widening the pavements along Osborne Road to create a cafe culture and put planters in.

Reading an article in The News, I was shocked to read that councillors thought that Osborne Road could follow in the same way that North End has.

If you could prove that North End is busier now, then I would be happy, but I don’t believe that it is.

There is no need for wider pavements on Osborne Road.

Using logic, if you widened the pavement then that would mean the removal of several parking spaces.

I am sure everybody has tried to visit Southsea and experienced trying to find a parking space.

The spaces along Osborne Road are one-hour stay, which is enough time to keep a healthy flow of custom coming into Southsea.

The side roads round the back are constantly chock-a-block so these spaces are vital to the many independent traders in this area, from coffee shops, with people stopping by for a quick catch up with friends, to people calling into the butchers to grab their dinner.

The whole of Palmerston Road will be affected by removing these spaces.

If you are going to a bar or restaurant then you are probably not going to drive, and the council is focusing too much on night trade.

They need to think of everyone. Day traders are as important for the community.

The problem is getting worse and removing these spaces is not the way. Southsea is pushed to bursting. I plead with you to fight for these parking spaces.