SHOP owners in Mirfield are fighting moves which will lead to on- street parking being scrapped outside their businesses.
A planning application for a housing estate on Woodend Road, Lower Hopton, includes putting up traffic lights at the junction of busy Huddersfield Road and Newgate.
The plans are for 230 houses and new industrial development.
Double yellow lines would be painted outside businesses on Huddersfield Road, from the EVA Art Gallery and the Wi' Bits fish and chip shop, towards the junction.
Mandy Tyas, of Mandy at Valerie's hairdressers, said the parking restrictions would devastate her business.
She lives at the back of the business, so would effectively be unable to park outside her own door if double yellow lines were put down.
Mrs Tyas said: "A lot of my customers are elderly ladies, some of whom come by taxi.
"Not being able to park outside would be detrimental to my business and quality of life.
"The estate will generate more traffic to an already busy main road. It will compound the problems we already have."
Karen Sykes, owner of Curtain Raisers soft furnishers, said the shops only had a front access, with nothing at the rear.
Her customers and suppliers needed somewhere to load and unload deliveries outside the business.
"We sell curtains, poles, wallpaper, and blinds," she said. "My customers and suppliers cannot possibly cope if we do not have anywhere to load and unload.
"The whole of the high street feels the same. It is not just going to affect us it is the whole high street."
Miss Sykes estimated that about 20 businesses would be affected by the loss of car parking.
"We are trying to make the developer aware that they need to find a better solution," she added.
People opposing the parking curbs are urged to sign petitions in Mirfield shops or write to Steve Hopwood at Kirklees Planning Services, PO Box B93, Civic Centre III, Market Street, Huddersfield.
Traders are urged to attend a meeting of Kirklees Council's Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-committee at Dewsbury Town Hall next Thursday.
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