Hull chippy thrown into Friday chaos as men start digging…

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Hull chippy thrown into Friday chaos as men start digging…

Hull chippy thrown into Friday chaos as men start digging up pavement outside
2021-11-05 19:19:00
A Hull fish and chip shop owner was left bewildered when a key pedestrian crossing next to her shop for many of her customers was suddenly closed on Friday morning. Nina Brown, 56, is the owner of Molly Mollone's Fish and Chip Shop in Hessle Road. After she and staff had already prepped the food for Friday, normally the shop's busiest day of the week, she was alarmed to see council contractors closing the traffic light pedestrian crossing at about 10.30am. To read more of the latest Hessle Road news, click here Nina Brown said: “As soon as I saw that, I thought, are you having a laugh? “I'm not happy when people can't get over that crossing to get to me. “It's hard when people are building their businesses back after Covid. I had already prepped all the food for the day when I saw them closing the crossing off. Nina Brown serving customers this morning at Molly Mollone's Fish and Chip Shop. The roadworks and blocking of the pedestrian crossing do not block off access to the shop entirely, but she was expecting, and was already experiencing, a drop-off from normal demand on Friday, the shop's busiest day of the week normally. (Image: Rich Addison) “There's a car park over the road and a lot of people park there and pop over to the shop. “We have a lot of footfall from there. I don't know for how long it'll be shut off, which is frustrating.” Mrs Brown said she promptly contacted a member of Hull City Council's highways department, primarily to find out how long the crossing would be closed for. She was advised to put in writing about the disruption caused by the closed crossing. “I said, I don't have laptop access at the shop, I'm not going to be able to sort that until Monday.” Much of the pavement near Molly Mollone's Fish and Chips Shop at 394 Hessle Road is also undergoing improvement works. (Image: Rich Addison) Later on Friday afternoon, Mrs Brown was contacted again and informed the pedestrian crossing would be closed until November 10 and that most of the contract work would also take place at night to minimise disruption to local businesses. Nina reported that the shop had a busy lunchtime anyway, but footfall had dropped off in the afternoon. “We have been really busy, but from 3pm or about 3.30pm, it's been dead.” “I appreciate that roadworks have to be done,” said Nina Brown, but she objected to the lack of forewarning of the closure of the pedestrian crossing beside her shop. (Image: Rich Addison) Improvement works have taken place in the Hessle Road area close to Molly Mollone's Fish and Chip Shop for over a week and Mrs Brown confirmed she'd had notice of these works. “I appreciate that the roadworks have to be done, and maybe the funding was only available after Covid lockdowns, but I wasn't happy when the pedestrian crossing was blocked off.” Nina added that the contractors had been “working quite quickly” with the improvement works in the area. The blocked off pedestrian crossing in Hessle Road, Hull, close to Molly Malone's Fish and Chip Shop. (Image: Rich Addison) A Hull City Council spokeswoman told Hull Live: “The crossing has been temporarily closed until November 10 whilst our contractor, CR Reynolds Limited, excavates the footpath across the crossing as part of the Hessle Road Footway Improvements scheme. “There is currently signage on display which diverts pedestrians to the next pedestrian crossing on Hessle Road. “A member of Hull City Council’s Major Projects & Infrastructure team has been in touch with the owner of Molly Malones Fish Shop to see how we can help resolve any issues

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