HELP is being given to traders on a Sheffield shopping street which they say has been turned into a ‘ghost town’ after a landslip closed the road.
Sheffield Council is introducing a temporary permit parking scheme around Glossop Road, Broomhill, while repairs are carried out on the section of collapsed road above King Edward VII School, where an embankment had been excavated during building work.
A supply of free, two-hour permits will be provided to businesses on Glossop Road below the junctions with Ashgate Road and Peel Street.
Customers will get permits from the business they are visiting, write their registration and date and the time of arrival on them and display them in the windscreen.
The 15 minutes’ free parking offer is still available across the entire Broomhill Permit Parking Zone.
Businesses say since the closure there has been a drop in trade due to lack of passing traffic or bus services and called for council help – saying the area is a ‘ghost town’.
Sheffield Council cabinet member for skills, jobs and growth Coun Helen Mirfin Boukouris said: “We know that traders have a number of concerns and as a council we are listening. Unfortunately, the closure is vital so that we can get everything up and running as quickly as possible but we want to do all we can to help.
“In response, we are introducing a temporary scheme to enable customers to park in the immediate area for up to two hours. We hope the temporary parking permit scheme will provide some assistance at this difficult time.”
Repair work has started but it is not yet known how long it will take.
The council has set a target date of Christmas.