Petworth business threatens to close

Parking outside The Vintage Tack Room, Petworth SUS-140209-110019001
Parking outside The Vintage Tack Room, Petworth SUS-140209-110019001

THREE Petworth businesses may now close or relocate following rows with the council.

Alan Sutton, who runs private car hire companies in the town, says he is considering closing his business due to inflated licensing costs.

This is the third business to announce its possible closure or relocation, following The Decorative Collective in East Street and The Vintage Tack Room in Market Square, both of which blamed increasing business rates and rents.

Mr Sutton also made a complaint after a parking warden displayed ‘bullying’ tactics on August bank holiday Monday.

“I witnessed a truly horrible interaction between the civil enforcement officer (CEO) and a young motorist,” he said.

“Why was he clearing the streets of what few visitors there were? I am now considering closing or selling my business partly due to excessive costs of licensing from CDC.”

A spokesman for Chichester District Council (CDC) told Mr Sutton: “I have spoken to the civil enforcement officer concerned and reminded him of our customer service requirements.

“I apologise if you feel his manner was unsympathetic or bullying – I can assure you that was not his intention.

“A photograph was taken of the officer at the time and he has confirmed he did not want his photograph taken – officers are entitled to have their wishes respected when undertaking their role, as their role is not an easy one, and they do provide an important service to the public in terms of ensuring that the road space is used correctly.

“Traffic Regulation Orders are set by West Sussex County Council and CDC’s officers undertake enforcement of these on their behalf.”