BUSINESSES on the Mile Oak Industrial Estate in Oswestry have been left happier after double yellow lines were painted onto roads.

The call for the lines came after Oswestry's Business Improvement District (BID) worked with Shropshire Council to stop heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) parking on the side of the road.

This, say businesses, meant access for staff and customers became much harder and after plenty of hard work with the council, the lines were drawn on, leaving BID manager Adele Nightingale satisfied.

She said: "Oswestry BID were approached last year by a number of businesses on Mile Oak Industrial Estate regarding the amount of vehicles that were being parked along both sides of the carriageway making it very difficult for anyone trying to access premises.

"And even more difficult for HGVs making deliveries/collections and extremely dangerous to all drivers and pedestrians who were having to navigate their way through with very poor visibility of oncoming traffic.

"One business aid it was an accident waiting to happen."

The BID set up a meeting with businesses from the area and representatives from Shropshire Council’s Highways departments which led to a final consultation on where the lines should be drawn up.

Adele added: "Because of Covid, there have been many other priorities for Shropshire Highways, which we understand, but BID kept pushing for this work to be completed and we are pleased to say that work commenced this week.

"This just does show what can be achieved by working as a ‘team’ and how the BID pulled the businesses and Shropshire Council together to find a solution and then made sure that the work got completed.

"I would like to thank the businesses for their contribution during his process and I have already had several of them on Mile Oak email to say how much this has been appreciated and how this will make a real difference to their operations."