A pub has taken to blocking off the entrance to its car park with cones to stop school-run parents from using the private land during pick-up and drop-off times. Staff have been deployed to make sure no-one uses the car park unless they are a customer.
The Tynewydd Inn in Barry says the car park was getting filled with mums and dads leaving no room for cutomers. Manager Louis Hunt said that on the first day that the cones were used, Monday, September 4, 21 cars were turned away.
Louis hopes that “people will get the hint” and park elsewhere so that he no longer needs to control the car park himself, reports WalesOnline. Louis said: “We are losing trade. Potential customers go elsewhere if they see that the car park is full, workmen that visit the pub that finish around 3 o’clock have nowhere to park, and if we have events we need the spaces for the guests.”
After a family called to say that they were unable to visit the pub due to the busy car park, Louis decided he needed to take action and block off the car park every afternoon. Workers sit by the cones and let genuine customers park.
A post on the pub’s social media page reads: “Unfortunately due to the parents that can’t listen.. we as a community pub have decided this is the only way forward to keep our customers happy and so that they can get into our car park and park as that’s what it’s used for not a stopping point for parents who can’t be bothered to look elsewhere.
“The car park is free to use in the mornings for all parents as the pub doesn’t open until 12 and we are happy to let you use this so please take into consideration that the pub is trading at 3pm so look elsewhere for a parking space to pick up your children.
“Any issues please call in to speak to the manager as I’d be happy to deal with whatever issue you may have. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.”
The pub is currently borrowing cones from St Helen’s school who have been “very helpful” according to Louis. He said that some parents leave their cars in the car park for up to 45 minutes each afternoon and so he has no choice but to block the car park off from 2:45pm.
Louis said: “The customers are happier, the workmen are happier and the vast majority of parents support us.”