Barry island traders have come together to send a joint statement to the Vale of Glamorgan Council in regards to the proposed parking charges which have been approved and are set to go to scrutiny on Thursday evening.
The statement, which is signed by 38 businesses on Barry Island states how they feel that they are not being treated fairly compared to other parts of the Vale and do not feel a wider economical assessment of the proposed plan has been undertaken, which they feel, will almost certainly lead to job losses if they go ahead.
Louis Ross, of Barrybados organised the statement and told Bro Radio: ‘In the past few years, traders and the council have worked tirelessly hard to enhance Barry Islands reputation. Most stay open late to encourage people to come down after work, we stay open during the winter to encourage people to come down out of season. This plan will put people off coming down, there hasn’t been any wider assessment of the impact of the proposal.’
‘Not one trader has been formally consulted on Barry Island, so how can the council create a plan which is best for everyone? They don’t know the seasonal ins and out, how many jobs are at risk, our trading hours, how many businesses are trading etc’’
‘I’ve got nearly every trader on board with this, the current plan will hurt us badly, which in turn, will lead to job losses, it’s not been thought through properly for the long term for all involved.’
‘We oppose the current plan and have made several recommendations which we see as very reasonable, these will help traders and encourage locals to come after work or school everyday.’
‘At a minimum, we hope these will be included, we hope the council will work with us to find an amicable solution for all involved. Nobody wants to go out of business, nobody wants anyone to lose to a job, but we all fear the worst with the this current plan’
Within the joint statement, which has been seen by Bro Radio traders have made recommendations to scrutiny which include 2 hours free parking on street all day, free on street parking during the Winter (October to February), 2 free permits per trader for the main car parks and a review to the proposed on street parking charges and price/time structure.
Traders also raised concerns about The Knap receiving free winter parking and Penarth receiving reduced charges, whilst Barry Island receives neither. Traders are also concerned most of their dog walking and winter trade will find alternatives.
Although traders are against the current parking proposals, they say within their letter that they are willing to work with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to find an amicable solution for all involved.
Traders and members of the public are invited to attend the scrutiny meeting on Thursday, where there will be a provision for public speaking. A guide which explains the process and how to register to speak is available via
The full list of businesses which have signed the joint letter are:
Boofys, The Beach Hut, Marco’s Cafe, Romys Café, Whitmore & Jackson, Seadog Tavern, Bay 5, Black Tab, Rock Shop, Finnegans Inn, Quasar, Coastal Coffee, Royal Café, Hyper Value, Promenade Bar, Seafood café, Island Leisure, The Beach Shop, Piccolo Bar, Zio’s, Bar Enzo, Sofia’s, souvenirs, Coffee Cove, Adventure Island. O’Sheas, Dimes, Carousel, Caesars Palace, RNLI Visitors Centre, Barry Island Gym, Barry Island Boxing, Stardust Arcade, Fun Harbour, K9 +1 Café, Rock Island Diner, Barry Island Pleasure Park, Treasure Island Arcade and Cadwaladers.