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Sheffield shop owner threatens council tax boycott over road confusion

 

A shop owner threatens to stop paying council tax to protest as he loses customers over the misleading road markings in Sheffield Glossop Road.

“I still pay my council tax, although in my letter I have said I will stop paying the council tax because the council is stopping me making good business and therefore making the money to pay the tax,’’ Tibor Killi said.

The Westbound stretch signage, between Regent Street and Gell Street, was initially made to control the traffic flow, with the green road markings saying bus, taxi and bicycle only. It is off-limits to motorists between 4:30 and 6:30 on weekdays.

But because the operation hours are not stated there, some drivers assume the restriction applies around the clock. They may make a U-turn or abandon the road to avoid tickets, said Peter Sephton, chairman of Sheffield City Centre Residents Action Group.

Mr Killi owns a cleaning shop on the Glossop Road. Since the paintings were there, he said he began to lose profit because many customers had difficulty finding the shop and parking here.

“I lose roughly 2000 pounds every week and it has greatly affected my business. If my shop relies entirely just on its takings, I could shut the door tomorrow,’’ he said.

The controversial road markings come as a part of joint proposals by the University of Sheffield and city council to pedestrianise the Glossop road and road outside the Diamond building to make a safer, cleaner and greener environment for students.

Since then, Mr Killi has written letters to the Prime Minister and local city council to reflect the problem.

Although agreement has been reached that changes will be made in the near future: permanent signs indicating operation hours will be erected and road markings will be altered to “Bus Gate”, Mr Killi is still very disappointed that promise hasn’t been delivered.

“In the past two years, they keep making certain promise, but nothing is done”, he said

As a response, city councillor Douglas Johnson was quoted as saying these lines on the road signify legal implication and change of the lines means the preparation of legal order which usually takes a long time.

“That’s a very good form of protest. It almost doesn’t get very far, because it is dealt by completely different arms of council. A complaint against the council doesn’t really justify people not paying their council tax and it could lead to sanctions,’’ said councillor Johnson.

Spokesperson for Road Contractor Amey said: ‘‘The best that we can advise is that works are expected to start early in January, but this will of course be weather dependant.’’


Submitted: January 24, 2018

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