Anger over shut car park causing traffic problems in Barton
STREETS are being clogged up in Barton because a car park has been shut.
But not a petition has been launched by angry residents and traders to get the Stratton Road site reopened.
The saga has worsened between Barton and Ryecroft Streets after 10 space car park was shut off to motorists.
Leaseholders Guinness Hermitage put up gates last year after a spate of problems with rubbish being dumped there. But people living in the housing association flats are having to park on the street.
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Councillor Sajid Patel (C, Barton and Tredworth) said: "Parking in Stratton Road is getting really bad. There has been a lot of anger and animosity about it. Traders aren't happy as there is nowhere for their customers to park. We think it is irresponsible to close it and not very community minded to have a car park with 10 spaces empty."
The petitions are in several shops nearby. Adrhan Dadesse, from Alpha Communications on the corner of Stratton Road and Barton Street, said: "We are expecting to get quite a few signatures. People are quite annoyed."
Stratton Road resident Lorraine Mutty has been campaigning for years to get the situation resolved.
She said: "This should have all been sorted out 15 years ago when the flats were built."
A spokesman for Guinness Hermitage said: "The properties and the car park at Stratton Corner are owned by private landlords and the properties are leased to Guinness Hermitage.
There were a number of problems with fly-tipping which were frequently cleared by the landlords. To avoid further problems the landlords took the decision to close the car park. Guinness Hermitage has not received any complaints."