Owners of an independent music shop in Shrewsbury have closed their doors – but have fired a parting shot at Shropshire Council’s parking policies for its role in the store’s demise.
The County Music Supplies shop, on Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury, closed on Saturday and has blamed inflated parking charges and over-zealous traffic wardens on its demise. In a defiant message to council chiefs the owners of the shop, which used to have a branch in Wrexham, commissioned sign writer Andy Field to paint a notice to customers.
The sign reads: “Due to increasing costs, high rates, and the morons who make Shrewsbury’s parking policies and the wardens that enforce them making our customers lives a misery, we have decided to withdraw our business from the high street.”
Mr Field said: “They are yet another victim of the parking charges and the new Sunday charges have merely put the lid on the issue for them. It’s a sad sign of the times and another blow to the town centre.”
But Heather Maskill, who has run A Little Furniture Shop on Wyle Cop for the past 12 years, said: “Shrewsbury has been quiet for a long time and I’m not convinced this is just down to parking charges.”
Shropshire Councillor Simon Jones said: “We have worked very hard to encourage people to shop in Shropshire’s town centre.”
The owners were today unavailable.