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Nottingham council blamed in florist window repair row

Brian Skelhorn's shop
Brian Skelhorn's shop is on a Clear Zone with restricted parking

A Nottingham florist has said the city council is refusing to allow workmen to park nearby to repair a broken window.

Brian Skelhorn's premises on King Street near the Market Square were broken into twice last month.

The four-hour repairs were due to be done on Sunday and he applied for a permit so workmen could park close by.

But the council has insisted after 1000 BST the contractors must park around the corner - a situation Mr Skelhorn believes is impractical and dangerous.

He said the work had been estimated as taking between four and five hours, meaning to avoid a fine they would have to start at 0500 BST.

Help offered

Mr Skelhorn continued: "The contractors need to work from their van obviously to fit the new frame and window but the council have refused permission for this permit saying they can work round it and park in the loading bays on Parliament Street.

"But I don't think under health and safety carrying a plate glass window down through the streets of Nottingham is an ideal situation."

He added: "I don't think the council know how businesses work - perhaps this is why there are so many shops with broken or boarded up windows in the city."

Nottingham City Council said the Clear Zone restrictions were in place between 10am and 4.30pm to reduce the impact of through-traffic and make the area safer for pedestrians.

It confirmed work would have to be carried out before or after the restrictions were in place and said it had even offered to help the glaziers to carry out the work, as long as it is on either side of those restrictions.

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