Road chaos hitting restaurants’ trade

This Is Wiltshire: James Huynh, of Oriental Aroma is angry that roadworks in High Street have affected his business James Huynh, of Oriental Aroma is angry that roadworks in High Street have affected his business

BUSINESS owners say trade is suffering because of road closures in Royal Wootton Bassett High Street.

James Huynh, who owns Oriental Aroma, said business is down by 60 per cent due to closures between St Bartholomew’s Church and the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart.

These are taking place from 7pm right through until midnight on weekdays until October 5.

Last Thursday, road closure signs were moved up as far as the Lime Kiln for one night and James said it had a knock on effect on his business.

“We had 37 people booked in the restaurant and two people managed to turn up.

“I was expecting to take about £700 but I only made £70 - that is 10 per cent of what we usually take,” he said.

“I understand that they have to do the work, but they should man it properly with signage.

“People weren’t able to get to our car park and were turned away.

“It is very upsetting the fact that you drive up there and there is nobody about.

“There is a sign that says businesses are open as usual but how can it be if there is a massive road closure sign.”

Road closures started for resurfacing work on September 17.

James has spoken to Wiltshire Council and it has been agreed that work will only take place from Monday to Thursday from now on.

Parking is free in Sainsbury's car park from 7pm while the High Street is closed and James is encouraging people to make the most of it.

“We are still open and still running. Restaurants, pubs and businesses are still trading in the evening.

“It is hard for us to trade with these roadworks.

“We are begging people to not just go somewhere else. We have our own car park too,” he said.

Chinese and English takeaway, China Chef, has closed temporarily while the work is carried out.

A sign on the door said: “We regret to inform - due to the High Street road closures, we are closing for a short period.

“We shall re-open Friday 5, October at 11.30am. Apologies and thank you for your kind understanding with this matter.”

The Royal Inn, opposite, has seen takings drop by 40 per cent.

Landlord, Bryn Stew, said: “The wet trade is fine but the food trade has got a lot quieter.

“With wet trade, people aren’t going to drive and have a few beers, they are still walking up from various parts of the town.

“But certainly the food has been hit.”

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “There was extensive consultation with the town council and local businesses about these roadworks.

“The preferred option was to have weekday night working for three weeks.

“After speaking with a local business people it was agreed work would only be carried out on one Friday evening.”

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9:39am Wed 26 Sep 12

Al Smith says...

So Wootton Bassett is also plagued with people who don't seem to realise that roadworks are sometimes necessary (and would probably then moan if they weren't done)!
So Wootton Bassett is also plagued with people who don't seem to realise that roadworks are sometimes necessary (and would probably then moan if they weren't done)! Al Smith
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9:47am Wed 26 Sep 12

peatmoor pirate says...

Aver journos - get a grip. Guess what, roadworks and utilities work have to be done sometimes. Your constant bleating about road closure, speciallyif in Old Town and it affects you directly is boring.
The Adver sed to be a good paper; truly dreadful now
Aver journos - get a grip. Guess what, roadworks and utilities work have to be done sometimes. Your constant bleating about road closure, speciallyif in Old Town and it affects you directly is boring. The Adver sed to be a good paper; truly dreadful now peatmoor pirate
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10:25am Wed 26 Sep 12

Synergie says...

Lazy sods.
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The walking distance to Oriental Aroma from Sainsbury's car park is 527 yards
Lazy sods. . The walking distance to Oriental Aroma from Sainsbury's car park is 527 yards Synergie
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12:08pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Highworth Lad says...

MOAN FOR MOANING SAKE !! still free advertising !!
MOAN FOR MOANING SAKE !! still free advertising !! Highworth Lad
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1:17pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Alan B'stard says...

The signage is fine.

Good to see he knows his 10% though.
The signage is fine. Good to see he knows his 10% though. Alan B'stard
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9:02pm Wed 26 Sep 12

timt1964 says...

maybe they should drive slowly with a takeaway in the back of a car down the high street,that should get the people of wootton bassett out on the streets.seriously get a grip good people of ROYAL wootton bassett,maybe the queen can help.now youre not in the spotlight,youve become a town of whingers again.
maybe they should drive slowly with a takeaway in the back of a car down the high street,that should get the people of wootton bassett out on the streets.seriously get a grip good people of ROYAL wootton bassett,maybe the queen can help.now youre not in the spotlight,youve become a town of whingers again. timt1964
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10:19pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Wellfire says...

timt1964 wrote:
maybe they should drive slowly with a takeaway in the back of a car down the high street,that should get the people of wootton bassett out on the streets.seriously get a grip good people of ROYAL wootton bassett,maybe the queen can help.now youre not in the spotlight,youve become a town of whingers again.
We are not a town of whingers. Like most people here I wasn't aware that this was an issue until I saw the Adver story. Nobody I know has made any mention of it whatever. Nobody I know has any problem walking from the Borough Fields car park to the High Street. As Highworth Lad says, it's free advertising. It looks like a non story to me.
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: maybe they should drive slowly with a takeaway in the back of a car down the high street,that should get the people of wootton bassett out on the streets.seriously get a grip good people of ROYAL wootton bassett,maybe the queen can help.now youre not in the spotlight,youve become a town of whingers again.[/p][/quote]We are not a town of whingers. Like most people here I wasn't aware that this was an issue until I saw the Adver story. Nobody I know has made any mention of it whatever. Nobody I know has any problem walking from the Borough Fields car park to the High Street. As Highworth Lad says, it's free advertising. It looks like a non story to me. Wellfire
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