A SHOPKEEPER fears he will lose trade due to plans to restrict parking outside his store.
Hojagar Arura, owner of Northfield End Stores, says he needs two parking spaces for staff and a “keep clear” period for customers and delivery vans.
Oxfordshire County Council is planning to introduce two spaces for resident perpermit holders only and two more spaces with a maximum waiting time of 20 minutes.
Mr Arura’s case was raised by town councillor David Silvester at a meeting of the town council’s town and community committee.
But Councillor David Nimmo Smith, who is the county council’s cabinet member for transport, asked why he should be treated differently to other similar retailers.
“There are two in Reading Road and one in Station Road with yellow lines outside,” he said.
“It is not an ideal situation but this is public highway.”
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Arura said: “If they take away the parking spaces it would be very difficult for customers because they won’t have much space.”