FURIOUS business owners have vented their anger at a decision to implement double yellow lines on a busy road in Haydock.
Bosses at Urban Man, Urban Ink and Costcutters, based on Clipsley Lane, have clubbed together to draw up a petition against the move.
St Helens Council have acted after “a number of complaints about parked cars” in the area and say they feel obliged to implement the lines as a matter of safety.
However, the owners of the three businesses which will be affected have reacted angrily, insisting that they have never seen any accidents on the road.
Kevin Langley from Urban Man said: “It’s absolutely disgraceful, no thought has been given to any of the businesses here.
“It will slash our trade by half. We have clients coming to us from all over the North West; from Manchester, Wigan and Liverpool.
“We would have to seriously consider moving if the lines are put in place, we just wouldn’t survive here.”
Sejal Patel has been in charge of the Costcutters franchise next door for the last decade.
“I have not seen one accident in the whole time I have been here and I’m here every day,” she said.
“It is so upsetting for me, it is all I can think about. I’m really worried.
“I have had a lot of customers saying to me it will really affect business for me, it’s constantly on my mind.
“How will we survive losing so much passing trade?”
One of the main worries for the businesses was that they may not be able to receive deliveries as well as parking for their customers.
However, St Helens council have moved to cool any fears of this, saying only a small stretch of road will be affected and explaining why they felt they had to act.
A spokesperson said: “We have received many complaints about the number of cars parked on that road.
“The double yellow lines would only cover a ten metre stretch and we think there is enough room in nearby side streets for people to park.
“The lines will not affect deliveries as these are still allowed.”
The businesses have been acquiring signatures of local residents who they say are fully behind their objections.