Clock repairer Brian Barnes to leave Lewes because of parking situation

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ONE of the longest-established businesses in Lewes is quitting the town after 40 years.

Watch and clock repairer Brian Barnes will leave his premises on School Hill on September 15.

He fears an increase with the renewal of his lease imminent, but says the main reason for leaving after four decades is the parking situation in Lewes.

His wife Jane said: “The cost of parking your car is driving customers away from Lewes. The situation is so bad it’s in danger of becoming a ghost town.”

She added: “It’s going to be a terrible wrench leaving Lewes after all these years and a lot of our clients are disappointed it has come to this.”

However, Swiss-trained Brian will continue to run his business from premises in Claremont Road, Brighton.

Elsewhere, yet another shop in Cliffe Precinct, Lewes, has folded.

The Julian Graves health food shop announced closure this week with a notice in the shop window.

There has been a downturn in the consumer market and the chain collapsed into administration last month.