Sheffield pay and display plan dropped after residents’ complaints

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A proposed pay and display scheme for a busy shopping area is to be abandoned – because of an ‘irreconcilable conflict’ between traders and residents.

The project was planned for the Banner Cross district on Ecclesall Road but has now put on hold after a petition calling for it to be deferred was handed in to Sheffield Council.

Local councillors had raised concerns that long-stay parking in the area was blocking access to shops and harming their business.

Surveys had also shown parking capacity was often full on weekdays and weekends.

A majority of businesses consulted agreed with the idea and some thought it could boost trade.

But 200 people objected and all residents consulted were opposed.

They had concerns traffic would be displaced into side streets and existing parking problems on residential side streets would be made worse.

Councillors have withdrawn their support for the scheme as a result of consultation.

A report to the council’s highways cabinet member decision session tomorrow says other options were considered but not suitable.

It added: “There appears to be an irreconcilable conflict between the wishes of traders and those of nearby residents, and there is no statutory or technical reason that would suggest implementing the scheme be more advantageous than not implementing it.”

It is recommended no further work is carried out on the scheme.