“Well done to the local businesses in Well Street who raised their objections to the bizarre decision by council officers to install barriers on part of the street, a decision which negatively impacted on local businesses”, said Cllr Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest).
Apparently as part of Covid-19 policies, officers from the Environment and Infrastructure Department of Renfrewshire Council installed barriers along the top of Well Street. This was meant to expand the space for pedestrians to allow them to observe physical distancing but it had a negative impact on local businesses. It prevented customers and delivery drivers from parking outside shops and even meant that disabled customers couldn’t make it to their local hairdressers. Despite repeated complaints it seemed little was happening and the council was ignoring the concerns of the local businesses. Cllr Kenny MacLaren invited the relevant council director to meet with businesses face to face to hear their concerns.
Cllr Kenny MacLaren said;
“I am pleased that the council has made a u-turn on the decision to have barriers at Well Street. Hopefully this will help local businesses to continue to build up after the Covid-19 lockdown. Other departments in the council have been swift to help, offering grants and loans so it was disappointing that these barriers were put in place without any consultation with local businesses.
“It’s a testament to the power of the businesses working together to get the council’s environment team to listen to their concerns. Well done to them for not giving up and forcing this u-turn on this council department.”