'Car park needed in Hull's Avenues to boost trade'
TRADERS in Newland Avenue are calling for a new car park to improve business.
They have suggested disused areas, such as the demolished market site in Sharp Street.
Sonya Arber, co-owner of pop-up shop Moon On A Stick, said: "It's silly when there's been unused pockets of land which have come up that could be used.
"We get told regularly how difficult it is to park.
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"I think it has stopped so many families coming on a weekend."
Mrs Arber was also a previous owner of the Manna Tree in Newland Avenue.
She said most shopkeepers claim trade has suffered since parking was remodeled back in 2004.
"We get told all the time that Newland Avenue is better than the city centre," she said.
"It's really diverse.
"In any other city there would be more support by the council."
Ann Wood, co-owner of Beauty Box, said: "A lot of customers do complain.
"The road looks nicer but that's about it."
Beauty Box has been a part of the Avenues' furniture for 31 years.
Ms Wood suggested a car park could be built on the grassy area off Queen's Road.
Traders are aware of the funding it would cost to put in place new parking but claim the costs could be recouped.
Mark Thundercliff, owner of B&M Andrews butchers, said: "The only solution I can see is a pay and display car park.
"That way the council wins too and would make some money."
Mr Thundercliff also suggested adding an Avenues bus to the Walton Street park and ride service.
Toni Atkinson, owner of vintage shop Rummage, which was opened six months ago said she can already see how shoppers are put off.
Miss Atkinson said: "If you can't get parked, people carry on and don't bother."
Most of her trade is locals who can walk there.
Ian Sewell, who has owned Ian Sewell greengrocers for 20 years, said: "It killed half the shops off, there's not many shops left - apart from charity shops."
"Considering they spoilt the road, the council should provide a car park."
Mr Sewell also said cars could be allowed in loading bays, between certain hours.
Graham Hall, assistant head of transport and asset management at the city council, said: "We are happy to meet with the traders to discuss possible options to improving the parking on Newland Avenue."