Florence Pugh’s father has hit out at an area low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) scheme after his café was pressured to shut.
Clinton Pugh, who owns companies throughout the bustling scholar space of Cowley Street in Oxford, slammed the East Oxford LTN, which was first launched as a part of a trial by Oxfordshire County Council in Could 2022.
The scheme has seen the introduction of three LTNs in Cowley, situated in Temple Cowley, Church Cowley, and Florence Park, and three within the Divinity Street, St Clement’s, and St Mary’s areas of East Oxford.
Aiming to restrict traffic throughout cities and metropolis centres, the plans usually see drivers prevented from utilizing quiet residential roads as through-routes.
“It has develop into harder to get right here, individuals simply don’t come”, Mr Pugh advised Sky Information. “The losses have been so excessive that I’ve misplaced a website”, he added, referring to the closure of Café Tarifa.
“You possibly can’t get workers, they will’t get dwelling or they should have taxis. The price of this stuff is simply astronomical and other people don’t wish to work.
“Tradesmen can’t come as a result of it takes too lengthy to get right here.
“They’re performing like they’re dictators. That is the issue. It’s their concept. They’ve requested us for our opinion and they don’t seem to be listening.”
In an Instagram publish shared in April 2022 by the enterprise’s account (@cafetarifacowleyroad), Florence Pugh may be seen drying glasses at an after-party dubbed a “household affair.”
Mr Pugh additionally owns eating places Café Coco and Kazbar, having advised Oxford Mail in Could 2023 that earlier than Café Tarifa was repossessed, he was within the strategy of promoting a lease for the bar and had obtained a suggestion of £100,000.
In the meantime, Rishi Sunak has ordered a evaluate of the rollout of LTNs following backlash from the Conservative Occasion.
Mr Sunak advised The Telegraph: “The overwhelming majority of individuals within the nation use their vehicles to get round and are depending on their vehicles. Once I’m fortunate sufficient to get dwelling to North Yorkshire it’s extra consultant of how many of the nation resides, the place vehicles are essential.
“I simply wish to be sure that individuals know that I’m on their aspect in supporting them to make use of their vehicles to do all of the issues that matter to them.”
MPs on the social gathering’s proper have urged Mr Sunak to rethink its coverage on web zero, with Conservative MP Nick Fletcher dubbing the plans a part of an “worldwide socialist idea.”