BODMIN business owners have slammed the parking restrictions on Honey Street, claiming they are intimidating customers and preventing traders from unloading near their shops.
Three shop owners have been issued with parking tickets by Cornwall Council civil enforcement officers in the past year after parking at the bottom of the street to unload or attend to an emergency.
Daniel Mitchell, of Evolve Computers, claims the restrictions are not only affecting his ability to unload equipment but are also crippling his business. "I have parked my car at the bottom of Honey Street in my vehicle which is clearly marked with logos associating it to my business to unload. I was given five minutes but had to answer a call so I ended up being seven minutes and was slapped with a fine," Mr Mitchell said.
"I now have a choice; do I ignore phone calls and potentially lose a customer or do I answer the phone and receive a fine?
"This has affected not only me but also my customers; they have problems parking and unloading the heavy computer equipment to bring it into the shop. They need to fill out paperwork in order to allow the equipment to be left in my possession and this process takes longer than five minutes.
"Customers have told me they feel scared and intimidated by the wardens and can therefore no longer use my services."
Scoffs of Bodmin café owner Lesley Noyce has experienced similar problems and said Honey Street business owners need help.
"Business owners in Honey Street cannot park their car to unload without getting a ticket and we need help, it is ridiculous," she said.
"On a day off in November a staff member rang me at 8am to say she could smell gas, so I dropped everything to race down to my business. When I arrived at 8.20am that morning I parked at the bottom of Honey Street, parking well into the place at a nearby café, the Green Frog.
"I was not blocking access to any other vehicles coming in and told the owner of the Green Frog about my emergency. I told him to let me know if a warden comes.
"Five minutes later the owner of the Green Frog came in and said a traffic warden was giving me a ticket, so I told my staff to make sure all gas equipment was off and I raced down to the warden and told him about the emergency, but he said he didn't care and asked if I could move my car."
Mrs Noyce wrote to the council but was told by the authority that it wasn't a valid excuse. Cornwall Council were unavailable for comment as the Cornish Guardian went to press.