A REMOVAL van has now been moved from a Bideford shop front having been parked just inches from the shop's entrance since Saturday affecting business for three days.
The obstruction means not only has the shop Ian Snow, on Mill Street, lost customers but it has also meant the shop’s fire exit was blocked.
The shop’s owner Ian Snow called the police about the problem on Saturday morning and again on Monday but the van did not move until some time after the shop closed on Monday afternoon.
He said: “We opened the second shop in June which is opposite the original shop I have had for a couple of years.
“Since then we have had a few cars park in front of the shop which has caused problems but never a high sided van like this.
“It has been terrible, it was carnival day in the town on Saturday and I don’t think we had many customers at all.
“If it had been unloading then it would have been different but we have seen no one doing anything with it.
“We manage that shop from the other shop so the staff couldn’t see what was going on either.
“The entrance is the fire exit as well, so it is very dangerous.
“We have been told the county council will be putting double yellow lines there to stop this happening so we are hoping that will help.
“At the moment no one seems able to help, I called the police on Saturday and again today but nothing has been done.
“We left messages on the van, which were removed so someone must have seen them.”
The police confirmed an officer went to the scene on Saturday but said there was no van in front of the shop and then later said it had moved to a parking space further up.
The police log was then closed at 3.40pm Saturday with the officer confirming the van was unloading and there was no obstruction being caused.
Ian added that he just wants something to be done to stop this happening in the future.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for Highway Maintenance confirmed Mill Street is known as needing double yellow lines but it is not yet known when they will be implemented.