Roadworks causing issues in Laceby
THE owners of a Laceby newsagents want to reassure customers they are open as usual despite roadworks restricting access.
Glen’s News, in High Street, claims it is losing trade because of roadworks, which have blocked neighbouring Butt Lane. It has closed the much-used link road between Laceby village and Aylesby – meaning motorists have to take a four-mile detour.
Owner Fred Watson said: “I know the works must need doing but they have a terrible impact on our business.
“Times are hard enough for small businesses as it is, without roadworks causing further problems.”
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The works, being carried out by National Grid, are “essential gas” updates which have seen the road dug up since Monday until tomorrow.
And it is not the first time that newsagent owners Fred and Glenys Watson and daughter Gina Reader have seen trade decline because of roadworks.
Two years ago they say they lost £7,000 of profits during eight weeks of works on the road directly outside their shop.
Glenys, who has run the business with her family for 37 years, added: “I just wish they could have done one side of the road at a time, rather than blocking the whole thing off, so that people could still get past.
“We rely on passing trade and we’ve noticed a huge difference in the number of people coming in since the roadworks started.
“It’s had a dreadful affect on us.”
Former printing press compositor Fred, who took over the newsagents after visiting it on his rounds as a part-time debt collector, added: “We just want to let people know that we are open as normal.
“We both love meeting customers, it’s just a shame that there aren’t more of them while these roadworks are on.”
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