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Cameras are damaging trade say shopkeepers

PUBLISHED: 15:05 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 16 August 2010

Bromley
29-05-08
H&H Bathrooms, Bromley Rd, Downham
Parking problems
Michelle Redden from Downham Tackle & Huseyin Ozevlat from bathroom shop by the parking bay

Bromley 29-05-08 H&H Bathrooms, Bromley Rd, Downham Parking problems Michelle Redden from Downham Tackle & Huseyin Ozevlat from bathroom shop by the parking bay

A FURIOUS shopkeeper claims CCTV cameras outside his shop are only there to issue parking fines and are putting off customers. He has accused Transport for London (TfL) who installed them, of running a money-making racket in Bromley Road, Downham and

A FURIOUS shopkeeper claims CCTV cameras outside his shop are only there to issue parking fines and are putting off customers.

He has accused Transport for London (TfL) who installed them, of running a 'money-making racket' in Bromley Road, Downham and say the 'baffling' parking restrictions are threatening their livelihoods.

Co-managing director of H&H Bathrooms, Huseyin Ozevlat, said: "Everybody in the area is being affected. I can see four cameras from my shop window.

"People find it confusing because the signs and the restrictions are baffling. The problem has become a lot worse over the past four months."

The parking restrictions read: "No stopping Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm. Except 7am to 4pm. Loading Maximum 20 minutes. Disabled Maximum 3 hours."

There are two loading bays outside Mr Ozevlat's shop and two disabled parking spaces.

To use the loading bays, customers are expected to call up and book them which Mr Ozevlat claims is "ridiculous".

Even if they do book it, a ticket is still issued but can be refunded if customers send a copy of the booking form.

Mr Ozevlat claims more should be done to promote, not discourage business in the area.

He said: "I have noticed that my takings are down. We used to get a lot of plumbers and tradesmen coming in but they don't want to come anymore because they always get tickets. They should be able to park, come in and get something then leave.

"The authorities need to think of our businesses. I pay £1,000 a month business rate and this is what I get. There is no adequate parking at all.

"They are only there to make money from issuing tickets, not to deter crime. I know that because a police officer came in to ask if my shop's CCTV had filmed a crime which happened just outside."

A spokesman for Transport for London (TfL) said: "Transport for London's aims to reduce congestion and improve safety on London's busiest roads by encouraging compliance with parking and traffic controls on the red route.

"Short-term parking and loading bays are designed to allow as many people as possible to use the spaces for convenience and those who wish to spend longer on their shopping trip are advised to find alternative parking in the vicinity.

"Anyone who believes they have been issued a PCN in error should make demonstrations to TfL through the normal appeal process. We carefully consider any representations made."

Cameras have been installed along Bromley Road since 2006.

Local authorities collected more than £173million in penalty charge notices in 2007, up £12.5 million on the year before, a rise of 7.7 per cent.

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