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Traders hit out over ‘catastrophic’ Boston roadworks

The roadworks in High Street

The roadworks in High Street

Businesses in Boston say roadworks to replace paving slabs along the High Street have had a ‘catastrophic’ effect on their trade.

Work began to replace paving slabs and signage along the High Street on March 3 and were scheduled to last a month, including a two-week closure of Bridge Street, which re-opened on Friday.

Andrea Maude, from Maude’s jewellers in West Street, said: “It’s been catastrophic.

“The footfall is down drastically. It’s just terrible.”

Steve McIntyre, owner of West Street Furnishings said: “It’s been an absolute nightmare for us.

“On Wednesday we only took £20 when we would normally take between £1-2,000. If this had carried on any longer it would have finished us. I have had sleepness nights as this is my livelihood and I’ve now got a lot of catching up to do.”

He added: “There was no need for them to close Bridge Street to all traffic they could have just put a sign saying ‘no lorries, no buses’.”

Scott Palmer from Boston Sausage said: “We are losing about £200 in trade every day. Thankfully we haven’t had to close as I asked them to do the pavement outside us on a Monday when we are shut.”

Andy Wharff, area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council, explained how the work replaced damaged kerbing and slabs, along with some road signs, and added: “Ahead of the works, we sent out letters to all properties on Bridge Street, to let all business owners know what was happening in the area.

“The road closure was put in place to ensure that the working areas were appropriate, and to make sure the workforce were safe at this busy location.”

Arrangements were made with Brylaine buses for notices to be displayed on affected bus stops.

The county council said it maintained access to businesses throughout the improvement works.

 

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