SHOPKEEPERS are ‘over the moon’ after proposals to introduce parking restrictions near their businesses were thrown out.
Councillor Trevor Cartwright, executive member for public protection on Fareham Borough Council scrapped the traffic regulation order.
We are absolutely over the moon to have achieved our goalSally Hooper, owner of beauty salon Beauty and Nails
The owners of six shops in Anjou Crescent, Fareham got 470 signatures on a petition asking the borough council not to go ahead with the move.
They said the proposals would have caused ‘huge animosity’ for the shopkeepers, their customers and residents of the adjoining Blackbrook Road.
Sally Hooper, owner of beauty salon Beauty & Nails said: ‘We are absolutely over the moon to have achieved our goal.
‘This is a big win for the shops and for our customers. It is very refreshing to see a council do what is right, make the right decision and help us out.’
The proposals would have restricted the street’s 11 parking bays down to two hours parking from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8am to 6pm and put in double-yellow lines along the eastern and western entrances to the street.
Abu-Suyeb Tanzam, who owns Gandhi Indian Takeaway in the parade added: ‘We are delighted that the council listened to us and decided not to introduce these proposals.
‘It is a victory for the community and it’s all great to see that the council really take our opinions on board.’
Cllr Cartwright said: ‘I looked at the proposals, saw that more people were against it than in favour of it so I took the decision bearing that mind.
‘I have always said that if more people are against a proposal then I won’t proceed with it.
‘In this case, I feel I made the right decision as we received so many objections to it that it looked like the best option for the residents.’