Double yellow lines will cut off my business, says garage boss
A GARAGE owner is protesting over plans for double yellow lines outside his 100-year-old workshop and a road closure which he says will cut off his passing trade.
Adam Czutkowna has also hit out at local authority traffic bosses as he claims they have ommitted the entrance to his business, J & A Motors from the map of the plan.
The changes put forward by Bolton Council’s Highways and Engineering Division are part of the £7 million new offices for Bolton law firm Asons on the site of the former Clarence Street school and college building.
Mr Czutkowna has been running J & A Motors in All Saints Street, opposite the development site, for 30 years and owns the property he occupies. He said: “I am astonished that the council’s drawing does not show my entrance.
“Not only that, the drawing of the current road layout shows a vehicular access to the Clarence Street site, which does not exist.”
Mr Czutkowna is also concerned about the planned closure of Clarence Street at its junction with All Saints Street, which will cut off one-way traffic to Higher Bridge Street passing his workshop.
He added: “Apart from stopping passing trade, blocking the road off is potentially dangerous, because large vehicles which enter Clarence Street from Higher Bridge Street, will be forced to reverse into a major road when they realise it’s a dead end.
“The reason Clarence Street was made one way in the first place was because it was deemed to be too dangerous for people to try to get out on to Higher Bridge Street.
“This could make the situation a lot worse.”
A spokesman for Bolton Council said: “These are proposed highways works and Mr Czutkowna can let us know his views and they will be considered.
“He did have an opportunity to raise his concerns before the scheme went to planning committee, but we didn’t receive any objections from him.
“The Clarence Street closure is to facilitate access to the Asons development and to better control the flow of traffic in and out of the building.
“With regard to the omission of the entrance of the garage from the map, we tend to use Ordnance Survey maps for guidance. But we are aware of the entrance to his premises.”