AN ANGRY business owner says he could be forced out of town after double-yellow lines appeared outside his office.
Tony Mulligan, who runs loss adjusting firm AMPM Ltd, has been left fuming after the lines were painted along the alleyway outside his firm.
Blackpool Council put the lines down along the alleyway at the rear of Threlfall Road two weeks ago, and Mr Mulligan is now campaigning to see them removed.
Mr Mulligan said: “They came and did it two weeks ago.
“I’ve got permission for 32 staff to work from this building and we’re ready to leave and move to Preston because of it.
“I managed to get gates put on the alleyway because it was being used as a rat run and now it’s a nice tidy area and they’ve gone and done this.”
And he said his 15 staff members – a number he hopes to increase – will now be forced to inconvenience residents by parking on the main road.
Mr Mulligan added: “My staff can’t get to work because they have got nowhere to park.
“What’s going to happen is my staff will park on the street and it’s already a choc-a-bloc street.
“There’s no need for it. we’ve never blocked the alleyway.”
Mr Mulligan claims the council first broached the idea of yellow lines two years ago, but he was given no further details about the plans before the markings appeared earlier this month.
However, a council spokesman told The Gazette all the proper procedures had been followed, with the lines put in place as a response to “local demand”.
The spokesman said: “We feel that we have responded to local demand in providing the no waiting lines in the alleyway, so that access for everybody can be maintained along the alley at all times.
“The process of implementing this change in parking has been done in the correct manner.
“The decision was made in the best interests of all the residents around the area and this change in parking has been well publicised to all people involved.”