Salon left in dark by traffic chaos

A lorry parked on double yellow lines outside Shane Ogley's salon in Lower Church Street.
A lorry parked on double yellow lines outside Shane Ogley's salon in Lower Church Street.
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Road diversions in Lancaster city centre have caused mayhem for motorists and shopkeepers alike, according to one businessman.

Shane Ogley, who owns Prestige barbers and salon in Lower Church Street, said lorries have been parking across the front of his shop after a loading bay was removed from the opposite side of the road.

And he said buses being diverted up the road are adding to the traffic woes.

He said: “My staff are going outside three or four times a day to get people to stop parking on the double yellow lines outside. The buses try to get around the corner while people are parked there and it has sometimes led to fights.

“We have got a business to run and when people are parked there you cannot see the shop, and it also blocks all the light from the shop. The road is being badly managed.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, Lancashire County Council’s highways manager for Lancaster, said: “Loading and unloading is not allowed along the full length of Lower Church Street, unless it is within a specified loading bay.

“We have notified our parking enforcement team to make them aware of these issues and ask them to carry out further checks. The loading bay has been removed to allow large vehicles using Lower Church Street to make the right hand turn at the bottom of Cheapside.

“The removal of the loading bay is only a temporary measure and it will be reinstated once the work has finished. There are still other loading bays in the immediate area.”