ABER BUSINESS OWNERS SAY ROADWORKS ARE KILLING THEIR TRADE

ABER BUSINESS OWNERS SAY ROADWORKS ARE KILLING THEIR TRADE

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Wales Online photographer - Barriers currently line Terrace Road in Aberystwyth

This video shows the scene that greets shoppers in a Welsh seaside town right now – and traders say they have had enough.

Wales Online reported “Business owners in Aberystwyth are fed-up with roadworks that have been going on in their town for over a month.

Terrace Road is one of the main trading thoroughfares in the town centre and has been closed for 24 hours a day since March 5.

The roadworks take over the whole stretch of road. No traffic can pass through. Pedestrians are still able to navigate on pavements, but are having to take large detours to get to some shops.

Basil Coates owns GB Fishing on Terrace Road, and has been situated there for six years. He said: “This is a disaster, the roadworks have cut off the North from the South of Aberystwyth.

“The council are replacing the cobbled street with horrible Tarmac.”

Mr Coates claims that his business has been 75% down on turnover as a result, despite being located only 20 yards beyond the closure. The Easter weekend is usually one of the busiest of the year for the fishing shop, but he didn’t do much business and as a result he is intending to invoice the council for loss of earnings.

He said: “So far the bill stands at £2,500, it’s growing and I’m only a small business.

“We were given no warning about the planned works, and when I called the council they told me that I should have been checking the highways section of their website regularly. It’s ridiculous.”

Wales Online photographer – Cars can’t pass, but pedestrians can just about weave their way through

Wales Online has attempted to contact Ceredigion Council for a comment

Mr Coates claims he’s only seen a handful of workers on site and part of the road “has not been worked on for eight days”.

Delivery drivers had also been struggling to deliver goods to businesses, and in the last few weeks, deliveries for the various bars on the road have had to be parked further away and the barrels rolled along the pavement.

The roadworks are due to be completed by May 11″ here.

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