Business owner frustrated over parking at Rodmill

Ian Thompson owner of ENVY hair salon in Framfield Way is complaining that people using the DGH clog up the car park for the local shops which affecting his custom. May 21st 2013 E21030P
Ian Thompson owner of ENVY hair salon in Framfield Way is complaining that people using the DGH clog up the car park for the local shops which affecting his custom. May 21st 2013 E21030P

An Eastbourne hairdresser says he is losing clients because hospital staff are parking in the car park intended for his customers.

Ian Thompson, who owns Envy in the Rodmill parade of shops, says he is becoming more and more frustrated with the situation.

He told the Herald the car park at the side of Co-op, which is intended for the customers of the shops, is busy all day with DGH staff and visitors who do not want to pay charges in the hospital car parks.

Ian says nurses, doctors, cleaners, patients and visitors to the hospital all use the car park, despite signs saying it is for customers only.

Ian said, “I am losing customers by the day and they are telling me it is because they can’t park.

“I would take a rough guesstimate and say I am losing around £1,000 a week.

“If there were parking spaces I am fairly sure I would be able to employ another two hairdressers.”

Ian says he has approached the hospital staff and visitors using the car park.

He added, “They just give me the two fingers or walk off.”

A spokesperson from the DGH said, “We do remind our staff of their responsibilities that if they are parking in surrounding roads they do so in a safe and courteous way, ensuring they do not contravene any highway restrictions.

“When we are informed of any problems, if we can identify the car as belonging to a member of our staff, we do contact them and advise them as necessary.

“The roads in the Rodmill area are public highways and therefore we cannot stop people parking on them if they do not have any parking restrictions.”