Businesses in Honeypot Lane in Stanmore have welcomed the news that ‘social distancing’ barriers which were plaguing the street have been removed.
The barriers were introduced as part of the Transport for London Street Space scheme to allow for social distancing but instead created several problems such as a lack of parking for customers.
Ian Mandel who owns Awards4u on Honeypot Lane worked tirelessly for months to get the barriers removed.
He said: “They have been removed at long last, I had a big battle but parking now is so much easier.
“All the shops came along and thanked me.”
Ian added that the barriers combined with lockdown have crippled some of the businesses in Honeypot Lane.
“This lockdown has absolutely killed everything. I’m fed up of banging my head against the wall but at least we’ve broken the wall now.”
Harrow Council have said that a one-way system will now be introduced to reduce social contact.
Cllr Varsha Parmar, environment portfolio holder, said: “Safety remains our number one priority and people should adhere to the Hands, Face, Space mantra. The changes we have announced will see an advisory one-way scheme put in place and the current barriers removed.”