Wick business to close at parking regulation enforcement
A WICK town centre business is to close after almost 10 years of trading due to newly-enforced parking restrictions on the road outside the store.
Kevin Milkins, who owns Birons the Ironmongers, had vowed he would shut up shop if the passing trade that parked outside his Bridge Street store was threatened.
“It’s passing trade that our business relies on,” he stressed. “If people see double-yellow lines they’ll totally avoid parking on the street. I’m closing the shop.”
A recent meeting in Wick Town Hall heard councillors stress how policing the yellow lines would help appease concerns over pedestrian and vehicle safety, especially when cars are parked on either side of the street for long periods and congestion occurs.
Mr Milkins is still to give a definite date for closing as he has a lot of stock to sell off.
“It’s six people [at Birons] who will be laid off because of all this,” he said on Monday afternoon as the first parking notices were issued.