Eric Snook’s nursery department will reopen on St James Parade on August 19, and the toy shop will open in Union Passage a week later.
Mr Snook said the company was making the move because of frustrations over how the city centre was being run and managed. The former mayor said he did not agree with decisions taken by Bath and North East Somerset Council and has repeated his call for a city council. Mr Snook said the final straw came with Bath’s Transportation Package which will restrict vehicles accessing streets in the centre.
In April, B&NES Council announced proposals to ban vehicles from Lower Borough Walls, Stall Street, Bath Street, Beau Street, Abbeygate Street and Abbey Green between 10am and 6pm all week.
Following consultation with traders, including Mr Snook, the council agreed to create a pedestrian zone for Abbey Green, Abbeygate Street and Swallow Street, but allow an exemption for loading and unloading. However, Mr Snook said he was not happy with the inclusion of bollards at the junction of Stall Street and Abbeygate Street, which will prevent cars from entering the vehicle ban zone.
Mr Snook said: “There’s a group of us that are independents that are so concerned that decisions are being taken without proper consultation. The council seems to want to chuck every car and shopper out of the city centre. They don’t think anyone shopping with us needs a car but they do.”
A spokesman for B&NES Council said the authority had only received positive comments about its new traffic plans.
Mr Snook has also criticised increases in business rates, set by central Government, which he claims have more than doubled in recent years.
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