Anlaby Road business owners in uproar over…

Anlaby Road business owners in uproar over ‘sudden’ roadworks
2020-10-16 04:00:00
Business owners in Hull say they are losing up to 50 per cent of trade due to roadworks – and that they were not consulted about them. Traders along Anlaby Road are in uproar after access to their businesses has been blocked for a month due to road resurfacing. It comes as Anlaby Road inbound from Trenton Avenue to the Calvert Lane junction is closed to traffic from Tuesday, October 13. The closure will be in place for up to four weeks, after a crack in the surface was unearthed during the ongoing improvement works. But people working along the stretch say that it has stopped shoppers visiting and deliveries arriving. Sally Wharram, who runs family business Sally Wharram Florist along the stretch of path says that her takings are down. Sally Wharram runs a florist (Image: Katie Pugh) “I know that the road repairs have got to be done as there are massive cracks in the road, but I had to learn that it would be shut for four weeks from Facebook, as the council didn't even tell us,” she said. “I'm losing about 50 per cent of business due to access being blocked to the shop – cars can't pull up outside and we operate a pick up and go service where people pull in and pick up their flowers, but they can't do that now as there is no road to come to. “It's meant that we have near enough closed down and I'm really stressed as I own the business – I'm not married and my wage is my wage and I need it to keep the house going. “It's now like a ghost town down here with the barriers being up and I'm annoyed that we've had no help or warning from the council. “I feel the attitude is that the road is important and we're not. Anlaby Road inbound from Trenton Avenue to the Calvert Lane junction is closed to traffic (Image: Supplied picture) “There's not many small businesses in Hull and the council should be trying to look after them as if not they'll be gone for good and we'll be left with nothing but supermarkets.” Another business owner that says he will lose more than £2,000 of business due to the road closure, is Ryan Russell owner of Hair Loft. Access to his salon is also blocked and he also predicts a loss of about 50 percent of trade now that clients cannot park up outside and due to the bus not being able to stop nearby. Ryan says that the salon is a “life line” for many of his clients, who sometimes just visit for a coffee, but are now unable to. He is angry that the work was not completed during lockdown and says he has had 30 cancellations already since work began in September.  “We are really annoyed that the road has been closed,” he said. “Why could they not have done this work during lockdown? We were closed for months then and are only just getting back on our feet now after opening in July. “My older clients have cancelled as they are worried about Covid and normally get dropped off in taxis outside as they are nervous about
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