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Shoppers avoiding Bath due to parking problems, claim businesses

A new survey of Bath businesses suggests that two-thirds of companies in the area are losing business due to the local parking problems.

Business owners responding to the survey, which was conducted by law firm Withy King, cited the cost of parking, lack of spaces and limitations in Bath's three park-and-ride sites as some of the city's main parking concerns.

Companies also expressed concern over the local public transport service and the emphasis on a car-free city as reasons why many shoppers are avoiding Bath.

Of over 160 business owners who responded to the survey, 72 per cent said they believed that Bath's parking provisions prevented shoppers from visiting the city, while 76 per cent believe the parking problems also prevent members of the public from visiting in the leisure time. Overall, 63 per cent of businesses blamed parking problems for their difficulties in trading.

Angela MacAusland, Chair of the city's Federation of Small Businesses branch, believes that the parking problem is having a long-lasting effect on Bath businesses. She said: "Some cities allow residents to park free for 20 minutes to allow them to visit local shopping streets. What we are trying to say is we don't want people going to out of city shopping centres because it's easier and free to park."

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