CAR parking restrictions outside Overpool shops in Ellesmere Port has divided the views of traders.
Last week we exclusively revealed how several business owners feared the 30-minute limit would drive customers away and leave them with nowhere to park during the day.
They have got around 200 people to sign a petition asking for the parking constraints to be scrapped.
However some traders along the same row of shops are calling for the restrictions to remain in place and claim that staff who park their cars outside all day have already driven customers away from the area.
Nigel Drury, who owns Drury’s Quality Meats, said: “It should be customer parking only and 30 minutes is ample time in my opinion. The problem is the number of staff who park their cars outside the shops all day.
“There is car parking space behind the shops. I park there and never have a problem.
“My customers have said they’ve not been able to park so have gone elsewhere. That’s the reason for a lack of trade.”
Mike Snook, who owns Mike’s Deli, said: “I’d be happy for it to stay at half an hour. Basically staff are parking there for the day and it has driven away the customers.
“It’s so frustrating when you’re self-employed. I’m sick of customers saying to me they can’t come to the shop anymore because they can’t park their car.
“I’ve been here for eight and a half years and I’ve noticed a big drop in trade over the last two.”
Mr Snook’s wife Leslie, who works at the post office, is also in favour of the current restrictions remaining in place.
Last week Cheshire County Council said the half-hour parking limit has been in force since 1981 but there has never been signs on display.
From November police will no longer be responsible for enforcing the restrictions, which is why the highways department recently erected the signs.
Responsibility will be passed on to borough council officers when the constraints are rolled out next month.
A spokeswoman said they will work with businesses who are against the restrictions in order to find a solution, with the limit being increased to two hours the most likely outcome.