Shop and business owners in Hillsborough today said they feared increasing parking charges would hit trade.
Sheffield Council is planning to increase parking by 20p an hour – from 50p to 70p – in on-street zones in areas outside the centre.
But Allison Trotter, aged 47, owner of Buttercup Couture Cupcakes, Cakeshop and Tea Room in Hillsborough, said: “Parking at the moment is busy, the car parks that are in use are too far away if you’ve got a lot to carry. I think it is expensive enough.
“I think a rise will have an impact on businesses. Often the people that use cars to come into Hillsborough are our daytime trade, usually pensioners and people with young children, who have the least money.”
She added: “I wouldn’t say that parking has had an impact on our business, because people have to come shopping. But, if it does go up it will have an impact on us because people won’t go into Hillsborough.”
David Price, 51, owner of Fishers Pets Store, said parking fees encouraged people to shop further afield.
“This is why out of town shopping, like Meadowhall, is taking off. In my particular business, people need to park and be able to take these things to their car. How is this helping my business?”
Meanwhile, Michael Bingley, 62, of Flowers by Victoria, said: “The parking has killed it down here. People can just go to Morrisons and park for free.”
For Jed O’Callaghan, 52, of Pets and Gardens, the increases were ‘not a good thing at all’.
“There isn’t a lot of parking in Hillsborough for shoppers. I would like to see a scheme to free up spaces, but if prices are going up people won’t use them. I think we have seen a decrease since permits and charges came in.”
And Nicola Wilkinson, 44, of Parkin’s Pantry, said: “There are not many parking spaces and I think that is a factor for why it is so quiet. I don’t think that changes are necessarily a good thing.”
The changes would come into effect on October 1 and will only affect on-street bays in the ‘peripheral parking zones’, which also includes Broomhall and Hillsborough. The city centre is operated separately and is not affected, and neither are off-street car parks.
One long-stay zone in Highfield is being reduced from £4 for 10 hours to £2.80.