Brixton Market businesses may face a struggle to survive following the opening of Brixton Ice Arena.
Traders are claiming sales have fallen by up to 70 per cent due to the loss of parking space caused by the development.
Stall and shopkeepers say customers face the unenviable choice of leaving their vehicles on yellow lines or parking further away from the market, following the council’s decision to build the ice rink on the site of the old Pope’s Road car park.
Home n Fashion owner Sunil Chandalia argued that small businesses were already feeling the pinch of the recession and may only have a few months to save themselves.
“The ice rink will kill the market. It is absolutely horrendous and finishing small businesses,” he said.
“Why would someone buy a rug for £10 if they are going to be fined £50 when they get back to their car?”
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