TRADERS in Broomhill are being given a helping hand during the temporary closure of Glossop Road following the landslip next to King Edward VII Upper School.
The council is introducing a temporary permit parking scheme which it believes will help businesses throughout the disruption, which has led to a drop in passing trade.
A supply of two-hour permits is being provided to each of the businesses on Glossop Road below the junctions with Ashgate Road and Peel Street.
“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,” said cabinet member Coun Helen Mirfin Boukouris. “We hope that the temporary parking permit scheme will provide some assistance at this difficult time.”
Part of Glossop Road will be closed, probably until Christmas, as a result of the landslip, which brought down a wall next to the school, which is being rebuilt.
Initially, a one-way traffic system was introduced for safety reasons, then, from last week, all traffic was diverted.
The disruption coincides with the Christmas rush. Some traders say they are already being affected by the economic downturn, making it difficult to gauge the impact of the road closure, although the reduction in passing trade will not help.
Customers will get the parking permits from the business they are visiting. They are being asked to write their vehicle registration number, the date and the time of arrival on the permit and to display the permit in the car windscreen in the same way that a pay and display ticket is normally used. There is still 15 minutes free parking across the Broomhill Permit Parking Zone.
Cabinet member Coun Leigh Bramall said: “I can assure everyone that we want to get Glossop Road fully reopened as soon as possible but we need to make sure that we do so safely. Let’s not forget that the wall collapse has undermined the road. At the moment we are aiming towards reopening the road by Christmas.
“Completely closing Glossop Road now allows us to get the work done more quickly and get it back open as soon as possible. As well as the permit scheme we will also be providing additional signs to remind everyone that Glossop Road businesses are open as usual.”
Investigations into the cause of the wall collapse are continuing.