BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- It looks like a new set of restrictions for payday loan businesses in Birmingham is coming, but not this week.
The city council held a full hearing Tuesday on the new zoning restrictions.
Those restrictions would require a 2,000 foot buffer zone between new payday loan businesses to prevent a cluster of what some councilors called "predatory lenders."
"I've never heard a small businessman, I bet it never happened, walk out and look at a whole row of payday loan/title lender places and say, 'Boy that's great, the neighborhood just improved,'" said Shannon Webster, a pastor and supporter of the new restrictions.
"I don't think that ever happened. When our people are trapped in debt, they cannot escape, and we're all hurt," Webster said.