Kinross shop owners fear the town’s new High Street has become a vehicle free-for-all that could develop into a dangerous speed trap.
The sum of £1 million was spent to rejuvenate the heart of Kinross in a bid to breathe new life into the town.
The High Street, which was completed at the start of October after six-months of intensive work, has seen a shared space created, with kerbs removed and road and pavement levelled.
However, business owners at the lower end of the High Street claim the shared space area has become littered with vehicles parking wherever they like due to a lack of pavements and yellow lines, as well as a hot spot for speeding drivers.
Mandy Shepherd, who owns Mandy’s Hairdressers, said: “I think the speed of the cars coming down the hill is worse now than what it was before.
“There are no pavements, it’s just one big road, so on a Saturday morning it’s just littered with parked cars everywhere.”
Pamela Hunter, of Hunters of Kinross butchers, said: “The stones have been laid beautifully and it’s looking great but there are still issues with people understanding the set-up of the road. We do have some people flying through the town at ridiculous speeds.
“We have got to educate people that it’s a 20mph zone.”
A Perth and Kinross Council spokesman said: “Within the newly resurfaced section of Kinross High Street there is no waiting at any time except in signed bays. Parking attendants have been made aware of the issue of illegal parking and will deal with it accordingly.
“With regard to the speeding matters there are speed limit signs as you enter and exit the 20mph zone in all directions.”