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‘Council only gave me a week’s notice to close only entrance to my business’
2021-09-21 04:00:00
A Hull business owner has hit out at the city council after he claims he was only given a week's notice that roadworks would close the only entrance to his property. Steven Pritchard, managing director of Motorhomes and Caravans Ltd on Stoneferry Road, says he is “fuming” at the way his business has been treated by council contractors Ashcourt. The current plans, which he says were only communicated to him a week in advance, would see the only working entrance to his business closed for between a week and 10 days. For the latest Hull City Council headlines click here. The council confirmed that it tries to give two week's notice to any stakeholders and residents in advance of works beginning. The authority said a team from Ashcourt visited Mr Pritchard on September 14, but an agreement for access was unable to be reached. A meeting is now set for this Thursday between the contractor, the business and other interested parties to find an agreement for the duration of the works. For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. Steven Pritchard from Motorhomes and Caravans Ltd on Stoneferry Road who are having traffic and roadwork issues in Hull (Image: HullLive/Donna Clifford) Mr Pritchard said: “What upsets me the most is that there has been no consultation on this, we were just given a weeks notice and told to suck it up effectively. “We have a busy yard here with 20 to 30 vans going in and out everyday and we're still in one of our busiest seasons with three shows coming up this month. “We're a local business just trying to do our best and after everything that has gone on with Covid you think the council would be trying their best to help us out too. “If we'd have known more in advance, even a month, we'd have been able to move some of the vans elsewhere for storage so we could keep operating at some level. “We would have told some of the guys to take leave if they wanted and we would have made the best of the situation because we know these works do have to be done. “There are improvements that need to be made to the road but that is another thing – we have no idea what they're actually planning to do and if it will be anything useful.” For the latest headlines in your area enter your postcode below Mr Pritchard said that Motorhomes and Caravans Ltd is a 'rapidly growing dynamic company' that employs approximately 40 staff and brings in over £12 million in revenue to the local community. The company sells over 500 motorhomes and caravans a year and displays at shows throughout the country. In an emotional Facebook post which attracted hundreds of comments, Mr Pritchard said his business has already lost hundreds of man-hours due to the poor access and traffic jams on Stoneferry Road. He described the lack of communication with his business on this latest closure as 'appalling'. Motorhomes and Caravans Ltd on Stoneferry Road are having traffic and roadwork issues in Hull (Image: HullLive/Donna Clifford) Mr Pritchard said: “Sometimes it just seems like they are a law unto themselves, we've been dealing with the disruption to Stoneferry for so long now and then to get this on your doorstep is just appalling. “It feels like the council and the contractors feel like they can do whatever they want and whenever they want without asking people how it will impact them. “After the year that we've had this was the last thing that we needed and it just seems so avoidable too with a bit of proper planning.” Your Hull Live email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Hull and East Yorkshire direct to your inbox with the free Hull Live newsletters. You can sign up very simpl

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