Summer of roadworks woe

Zoe Cox, of Freddie's Fryers said sales have already gone down since roadworks started. DJ
Zoe Cox, of Freddie's Fryers said sales have already gone down since roadworks started. DJ

A FISH and chip shop fears gas works are going to leave it out of pocket for the summer and said the way the work has been handled is ‘a joke’.

Freddie’s Fryers owner Zoe Cox, 21, said they first received notice of the work from The National Grid six months ago by letter.

They then heard nothing until the end of June when they were told work would begin between July 5-19 and would last for nine weeks – including the summer holidays.

She said: “To be honest, I didn’t realise they were shutting the road off.

“It’s an absolute joke, unbelievable.

“It’s made a big impact on our business, there’s nowhere to park now.”

She said people would originally park outside the shop, but the road has been closed on one side, and entry from John Adams Way is currently not allowed until the end of the week

This means customers currently have to go all the way around the main road to enter London Road on the roundabout with Spalding Road.

A National Grid spokesman said the works related to 2,000 meters of pipe being replace and which cost £340,000. He added the works will move along the road bit-by-bit.

He said: “The stretch we’re talking about we’re anticipating it will last several more weeks.

“We’ll be moving along the road progressively, so if we’re having disruption now, in two weeks it’ll be gone.”

He said the work was part of a gas mains replacement programme where the company was putting new plastic mains in up and down the country.

Mrs Cox said that only days before the work began Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways department had repainted the double yellow lines on the road.

The county council’s network manager Martyn Allen said: “We’re currently refreshing all the yellow lines in the area in readiness for taking on powers for civil parking enforcement (traffic wardens) later this year.

“National Grid Transco will need to reinstate the road as they found it after they finish their work.”