|The Rushden Echo, 16th May 1969, transcribed by Jim Hollis
‘No parking’ rule upsets 3 traders - One Moving to Wellingborough
Three Rushden traders in High Street South are up-in-arms over the laying of a set of double yellow lines, denoting no parking, outside their shops. One of them claims they have already affected his trade.
Mr. Tom Lines, who has had a furniture business in High Street South for 11 years, has decided to move his business to Wellingborough partly because of these parking restrictions.
“I decided this week that I would move,” said Mr. Lines. “Since the lines went down I have sold only one chest of drawers.
“People used to draw up outside the shop and look in the windows and if there was anything they liked they would come inside or call back.
“We deal in all aspects of the furniture trade and still get orders by phone for upholstery work but people have stopped coming to the shop,” said Mr. Lines.
As well as affecting Mr. Lines, the yellow markings extend past a small general store, run by Sue Martin, and Pat Holt’s car showroom.
They fail to see the logic of having double yellow lines on either side of the road when only a couple of years ago High Street South was widened at this point. Prior to that there had been no parking restrictions whatsoever.
“I can see the sense in having yellow lines on the far side of the road where the bend causes a slight blind spot for motorists. However, there is no danger for motorists on this side of the road travelling in the direction of Bedford,” said Mrs. Martin.
“A lot of my trade is done on Sunday afternoons and I am afraid that these parking restrictions will drastically affect my business from people passing through the town.
“We saw the statutory Ministry of Transport notice regarding these lines in the newspaper and lodged a written complaint to Rushden Urban Council.
“However, we got our dates mixed up and when we made our objection in March we were three months too late. Rushden Urban Council knew nothing about the lines and they said they would pass on our letter to the county council, who were responsible for painting the lines,” said Mrs. Martin.
The parking restrictions do not come into force until June, according to Pat Holt, but already cars are parking in the lay-by outside the Compasses public house next door to the car showroom.
Mr. Ron Burnett, who runs the Compasses, said that it has not so far disrupted his regular custom.
“If I find that is happening I shall have to ask them to move. But I don’t know if I have any powers to do that,” said Mr. Burnett.
This is the second time in a matter of months that double yellow lines in High Street South have caused raised eyebrows.
Yellow lines were painted opposite South End Infants School, just down the road from the latest set. These caused teachers from the school to make inquiries and it subsequently turned out that they had been put there by mistake.
They have since been burned off and replaced by a white parking line.