Brenda and Brian Neligan, of Brenda and Brian Studio 8 in Chingford Road, Walthamstow, are moving on from hairdressing

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Brenda and Brian Neligan have served the Walthamstow community for over 100 years between them. Brenda and Brian Neligan have served the Walthamstow community for over 100 years between them.

A hairdressers run by a couple for 46 years is set to close, with parking policy being partly blamed.

Brenda, 67, and Brian Neligan, 73, of Brenda and Brian Studio 8 in Chingford Road, Walthamstow, have decided to move on, but thanked a loyal network of friends and clients for keeping them going for so long.

They blame the pressures of running a small business and the council’s parking restrictions for the decision.

“We’re sad to go, but I haven’t had a break for two years” Brenda said.

“And parking of course, my husband does a lot of people that have to drive and [council parking restrictions] are just a nightmare.”

The couple, who have been married for 47 years, say they have suffered several setbacks, including Brenda enduring a long pneumonia scare last year and another member of staff suffering a serious back injury.

Lin, another member of staff, has been at the studio for 33 years while Linda, who the pair still refer to as “the new girl” has worked there for 18 years.

Brian said some of his clients had been visiting for 50 years.

“I had mixed feelings, I don’t feel ready to retire but when you have a business and you have to sell it you can’t walk in and say ‘I’m off’ – you have to organise the selling,” he said.

The pair said they are looking forward to “a nice long holiday” at their house in Malta which they have not been able to visit for several years for looking after the business.

The studio’s last opening day will be on Saturday.

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10:57pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Walthamster says...

Once again Waltham Forest council helps to close down a local business. has that council ever done anything useful?
Once again Waltham Forest council helps to close down a local business. has that council ever done anything useful? Walthamster
  • Score: 5

10:51am Tue 14 Jan 14

HottRedMan says...

Not surprised, after all WFC has draconian measures in terms of parking control. They even did this in Bakers Arms when no parking problems had exist.
I could understand in part the main roads on certain sections for parking control. But when you have side roads with CPZ, residents parking etc. it is a joke. Also the stupid parking vouchers are a laugh as I simply would not trust to park up then go in a shop to buy one as the traffic wardens would simply have slapped you with a ticket by the time you have come back.
The councils have traffic wardens, cctv cars, lamppost mounted cctv. I simply don't bother going to many of these shops in LBWF, I would rather drive out of town as I do to shop. At least I know I wont get a ticket or be clamped or towed away.

Back to Bakers Arms subject, about the only place you can park there now is in Tesco's and the car park seems to be full now since the introduction of the CPZ about a year ago or so. Then we wonder why businesses like Tesco etc dominate, at times it makes me wonder if they actually side with these councils to introduce these parking measures.
Not surprised, after all WFC has draconian measures in terms of parking control. They even did this in Bakers Arms when no parking problems had exist. I could understand in part the main roads on certain sections for parking control. But when you have side roads with CPZ, residents parking etc. it is a joke. Also the stupid parking vouchers are a laugh as I simply would not trust to park up then go in a shop to buy one as the traffic wardens would simply have slapped you with a ticket by the time you have come back. The councils have traffic wardens, cctv cars, lamppost mounted cctv. I simply don't bother going to many of these shops in LBWF, I would rather drive out of town as I do to shop. At least I know I wont get a ticket or be clamped or towed away. Back to Bakers Arms subject, about the only place you can park there now is in Tesco's and the car park seems to be full now since the introduction of the CPZ about a year ago or so. Then we wonder why businesses like Tesco etc dominate, at times it makes me wonder if they actually side with these councils to introduce these parking measures. HottRedMan
  • Score: 9

12:38pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Walthamster says...

HottRedMan wrote:
Not surprised, after all WFC has draconian measures in terms of parking control. They even did this in Bakers Arms when no parking problems had exist.
I could understand in part the main roads on certain sections for parking control. But when you have side roads with CPZ, residents parking etc. it is a joke. Also the stupid parking vouchers are a laugh as I simply would not trust to park up then go in a shop to buy one as the traffic wardens would simply have slapped you with a ticket by the time you have come back.
The councils have traffic wardens, cctv cars, lamppost mounted cctv. I simply don't bother going to many of these shops in LBWF, I would rather drive out of town as I do to shop. At least I know I wont get a ticket or be clamped or towed away.

Back to Bakers Arms subject, about the only place you can park there now is in Tesco's and the car park seems to be full now since the introduction of the CPZ about a year ago or so. Then we wonder why businesses like Tesco etc dominate, at times it makes me wonder if they actually side with these councils to introduce these parking measures.
Hotredman, I hadn't thought of that before, but you're right.

Supermarkets get a lot of trade because they can afford to provide car parks. And if councils make it hard to park anywhere else -- well, there's a nice little extra earner for the supermarket.

And of course, every closed business means another chance to build more flats for the borough's landlords.
[quote][p][bold]HottRedMan[/bold] wrote: Not surprised, after all WFC has draconian measures in terms of parking control. They even did this in Bakers Arms when no parking problems had exist. I could understand in part the main roads on certain sections for parking control. But when you have side roads with CPZ, residents parking etc. it is a joke. Also the stupid parking vouchers are a laugh as I simply would not trust to park up then go in a shop to buy one as the traffic wardens would simply have slapped you with a ticket by the time you have come back. The councils have traffic wardens, cctv cars, lamppost mounted cctv. I simply don't bother going to many of these shops in LBWF, I would rather drive out of town as I do to shop. At least I know I wont get a ticket or be clamped or towed away. Back to Bakers Arms subject, about the only place you can park there now is in Tesco's and the car park seems to be full now since the introduction of the CPZ about a year ago or so. Then we wonder why businesses like Tesco etc dominate, at times it makes me wonder if they actually side with these councils to introduce these parking measures.[/p][/quote]Hotredman, I hadn't thought of that before, but you're right. Supermarkets get a lot of trade because they can afford to provide car parks. And if councils make it hard to park anywhere else -- well, there's a nice little extra earner for the supermarket. And of course, every closed business means another chance to build more flats for the borough's landlords. Walthamster
  • Score: 8

8:36pm Tue 14 Jan 14

E17 is finished says...

It's all part of LBWFs plans to gentrify the area and attract those who can no longer afford to live in islington and have moved into the area. I lived off Hoe street for 20 years and noticed that once the cpz was launched, there are no cars parked there. Is it any coincidence that just as that happened the shops on hoe street started to close? However, in our green borough we allow major supermarkets to open and have 300 spaces. I've watched with horror as the slip lanes in lea bridge road and also in station road chingford have been removed and the traffic has increased tenfold over night, cars burning co2 whilst they sit in the traffic. its great to see the money lbwf spent on demolishing the toilets in chingford to replace them with seats. So twenty years later both the parade in walthamstow and the square in chingford are back to what he once were. Progress is their middle name. More shops will close until lbwf understand that car owners are not bad for the economy. I suggest we have to vote Tory next time, god forbid.
It's all part of LBWFs plans to gentrify the area and attract those who can no longer afford to live in islington and have moved into the area. I lived off Hoe street for 20 years and noticed that once the cpz was launched, there are no cars parked there. Is it any coincidence that just as that happened the shops on hoe street started to close? However, in our green borough we allow major supermarkets to open and have 300 spaces. I've watched with horror as the slip lanes in lea bridge road and also in station road chingford have been removed and the traffic has increased tenfold over night, cars burning co2 whilst they sit in the traffic. its great to see the money lbwf spent on demolishing the toilets in chingford to replace them with seats. So twenty years later both the parade in walthamstow and the square in chingford are back to what he once were. Progress is their middle name. More shops will close until lbwf understand that car owners are not bad for the economy. I suggest we have to vote Tory next time, god forbid. E17 is finished
  • Score: 7

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