Residents' parking plan for streets in Kettering

Plans for a residents' parking scheme in a Northamptonshire town could force businesses to close, say critics.

Permit holder bays could be introduced on more than 20 streets in Kettering if the proposals are given the go ahead.

Kettering Borough Council said the majority of residents backed the idea, but business owners have said the scheme would be a disaster.

A spokesman for the council said the final decisions will reflect what local residents want.

He said: "It is important to note Kettering Borough Council does not itself hold a view on whether a scheme is appropriate.

"Its actions will be based purely on what the majority of residents want in any given area, in this case, Field Street and Grange Road in Kettering."

Shelley Davis, who runs Mash School of Dance on Grange Road, is fighting the proposals.

She said: "It could close us down, if our pupils can't come to the dance studios and park we are going to lose businesses.

"The road is a public road not a private road, the residents do not own the road. We have been here since 1933, the houses here are only 20 years old."

Northamptonshire County Council, which is running the consultation on the scheme, has vowed to consider all comments made on the proposals.

Residents can have their say on the plans until 9 February.

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