Traders will be cut off by road closure

This Is Wiltshire: Peter Johnson, owner of PC’s Computers Peter Johnson, owner of PC’s Computers

BUSINESSES in Gorse Hill are up in arms over a road closure that they say could force them to shut down.

Signs have gone up warning drivers that Cricklade Road will be closed to motorists for three weeks from Sunday, March 3.

Traders say their customers may not be able to reach them during the planned closure, and in the difficult economic times, it could be the final straw for some.

On behalf of Swindon Council, Swindon Commercial Services Ltd intends to start maintenance and resurfacing works on the road between the Transfer Bridge roundabout to just past the junction of Edinburgh Street.

The works are proposed to be carried out in four phases across three weeks, weather permitting, between 8am and 6pm.

Business owners were surprised that the whole road will be closed to traffic and have asked the council to look at alternative arrangements that would not have such a detrimental impact.

Peter Johnson, owner of PC’s Computer Systems, said: “There has been no consultation. The first time we heard about it was a letter on the doorstep.

“I understand the work has to be done but there should have been some consultation with businesses and some way to get around closing the whole road.

“It is a very tough time for businesses and this could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for some.”

Shehzad Hussein, manager of Gorse Hill Dry Cleaners, says he is concerned customers will be unable to park and visit his shop.

He said: “It is not going to be good for business, a lot of business is reliant on the car.

“I don’t know why they are closing all the road – you think they would put lights in, or open one side of the road.”

Some businesses are already preparing for the closure, including Pete Doné of Jensons who is making sure that his suppliers get their supplies to him before the planned works.

He said: “I had a chat with the guy in charge of the works and he has said they have to close the whole road because of the size of these vehicles, they can’t just do one side at a time.

“If the work was not carried out on the roads then they would turn into a state and would be unsafe to drive on.”

A Swindon Council spokesman said: “The road will be closed for resurfacing, but we will also be carrying out improvements to the kerbs and drainage.

“Advance notice signs have already been put up to warn motorists of the forthcoming closure and there will be diversion signs in place. There will be residential access where possible.

“We appreciate there will be disruption to traders and motorists, which is why we have opted to phase the work to minimise any problems.

“Although the road will be closed, the pedestrian pathways will remain open throughout both phases of the work and motorists will still be able to use Chapel Street car park, which is free, if they want to visit premises along Cricklade Road affected by the closure.”

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12:38pm Sun 17 Feb 13

itsamess3 says...

How on earth can this council think traders can get deliveries or deliver goods they have sold?
Good grief--they cannot get their facts straight as they claim at first its 4 phases then at the bottom say its 2.
More bungling buffoonery threatening the livelihoods of many--no busses to service the area either.
How on earth can this council think traders can get deliveries or deliver goods they have sold? Good grief--they cannot get their facts straight as they claim at first its 4 phases then at the bottom say its 2. More bungling buffoonery threatening the livelihoods of many--no busses to service the area either. itsamess3

2:04pm Sun 17 Feb 13

stu2010 says...

Classic arms crossed stance there
Classic arms crossed stance there stu2010

2:21pm Sun 17 Feb 13

roberto5 says...

stu2010 wrote:
Classic arms crossed stance there
Ill give it a 7/10 classic adver pose, are they told to do that for every pic?! ha
[quote][p][bold]stu2010[/bold] wrote: Classic arms crossed stance there[/p][/quote]Ill give it a 7/10 classic adver pose, are they told to do that for every pic?! ha roberto5

3:53pm Sun 17 Feb 13

house on the hill says...

Anyone actually surprised?
Anyone actually surprised? house on the hill

4:39pm Sun 17 Feb 13

MrAngry says...

roberto5 wrote:
stu2010 wrote:
Classic arms crossed stance there
Ill give it a 7/10 classic adver pose, are they told to do that for every pic?! ha
I think the convincing grimace makes it a 9/10.
[quote][p][bold]roberto5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stu2010[/bold] wrote: Classic arms crossed stance there[/p][/quote]Ill give it a 7/10 classic adver pose, are they told to do that for every pic?! ha[/p][/quote]I think the convincing grimace makes it a 9/10. MrAngry

4:45pm Sun 17 Feb 13

MrAngry says...

I can understand why the planing out and surfacing requires the road to be closed, but this can only account for about 3 days work.

The kerbing and drainage might take longer but this probably could be done with the road open and controlled by signals.

On the other hand, it is becoming common practice to exagerate the time to complete the works, to allow for over runs or make the contractor look good if they complete early.
I can understand why the planing out and surfacing requires the road to be closed, but this can only account for about 3 days work. The kerbing and drainage might take longer but this probably could be done with the road open and controlled by signals. On the other hand, it is becoming common practice to exagerate the time to complete the works, to allow for over runs or make the contractor look good if they complete early. MrAngry

5:56pm Sun 17 Feb 13

stu2010 says...

I'd give it an eight, he looks a bit disgruntled
I'd give it an eight, he looks a bit disgruntled stu2010

6:18pm Sun 17 Feb 13

robert36433 says...

I wonder if the Council will come to their senses and reinstate the mini roundabout at the junction of Chapel Street and Ferndale Road.
I wonder if the Council will come to their senses and reinstate the mini roundabout at the junction of Chapel Street and Ferndale Road. robert36433

6:54pm Sun 17 Feb 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Perhaps they'd prefer the work to be done between 8pm and 6am instead :)
Perhaps they'd prefer the work to be done between 8pm and 6am instead :) LordAshOfTheBrake

6:55pm Sun 17 Feb 13

umpcah says...

stu2010 wrote:
I'd give it an eight, he looks a bit disgruntled
The manager of Majestic Wine Shop has given it TEN !
[quote][p][bold]stu2010[/bold] wrote: I'd give it an eight, he looks a bit disgruntled[/p][/quote]The manager of Majestic Wine Shop has given it TEN ! umpcah

7:18pm Sun 17 Feb 13

MrAngry says...

stu2010 wrote:
I'd give it an eight, he looks a bit disgruntled
... or constipated. Hard to tell.
[quote][p][bold]stu2010[/bold] wrote: I'd give it an eight, he looks a bit disgruntled[/p][/quote]... or constipated. Hard to tell. MrAngry

8:55pm Sun 17 Feb 13

John Smith II says...

People moan about potholes and then moan when roads are closed for re-surfacing work! - does the phrase 'a rock and a hard place' spring to mind?
People moan about potholes and then moan when roads are closed for re-surfacing work! - does the phrase 'a rock and a hard place' spring to mind? John Smith II

9:13pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Mushymushy says...

Hopefully they will resurface ermin street next that is the worst road in swindon and is an absolute disgrace,and I for one would not care how long they close if for as long as they do a proper job.
Hopefully they will resurface ermin street next that is the worst road in swindon and is an absolute disgrace,and I for one would not care how long they close if for as long as they do a proper job. Mushymushy

9:13pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Davey Gravey says...

Dunno what's worse, the effect on local businesses or the moronic comments above? No doubt the contractors will spend most time chatting in groups and smoking.
Dunno what's worse, the effect on local businesses or the moronic comments above? No doubt the contractors will spend most time chatting in groups and smoking. Davey Gravey

9:55pm Sun 17 Feb 13

RICHARDPIKE says...

Stop moaning it won't make any difference.
Stop moaning it won't make any difference. RICHARDPIKE

7:07am Mon 18 Feb 13

peatmoor pirate says...

It is all well and good people saying that these people are whingers but business is hard enough at the moment and this could be a real problem for these folks. It does seem that every road in Swindon is being closed for roadworks at the moment in the usual end of the FY scramble to do such work. It does beg the question what do all these workers do for the rest of the year.
It is all well and good people saying that these people are whingers but business is hard enough at the moment and this could be a real problem for these folks. It does seem that every road in Swindon is being closed for roadworks at the moment in the usual end of the FY scramble to do such work. It does beg the question what do all these workers do for the rest of the year. peatmoor pirate

8:04am Mon 18 Feb 13

Bimbosforjustice says...

STOP MOANING ABOUT THE STATE OF THE ROADS THEN. Have you seen how much they've got to cut next year? Millions. I live on Akers Way with a road surface not out out of place in a post Soviet hell hole. Count yourselves lucky.
STOP MOANING ABOUT THE STATE OF THE ROADS THEN. Have you seen how much they've got to cut next year? Millions. I live on Akers Way with a road surface not out out of place in a post Soviet hell hole. Count yourselves lucky. Bimbosforjustice

1:44pm Mon 18 Feb 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Huh? I drove down Akers Way just yesterday and it seemed ok to me... What part is not ok?
Huh? I drove down Akers Way just yesterday and it seemed ok to me... What part is not ok? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

3:12am Tue 19 Feb 13

Moth says...

And talking of roadworks, does anyone know why part of Ferndale Road between St Mary's Grove and North Star was closed for roadworks today? Had the road collapsed or something?

First I knew about it and other drivers, including an ambulance was when you got down to the traffic lights to find the whole road closed.

Were diverted up the side alleys, thought would just have to go up the alley then turn left to get back onto Ferndale Road but they had a van deliberately blocking that road as well so had to go further on. Was a complete nightmare as very little space for anything bigger than a Mini to turn left. Most of the bigger cars, including mine had to manouevre to get round.

There were no warning signs anywhere in Pinehurst Road/St Mary's Grove and it's bad before even the Ambulance Service didn't know about it. Their driver turned round and went back up Pinehurst Road.

Can't believe there was and still is nothing in the Adver about it either.
And talking of roadworks, does anyone know why part of Ferndale Road between St Mary's Grove and North Star was closed for roadworks today? Had the road collapsed or something? First I knew about it and other drivers, including an ambulance was when you got down to the traffic lights to find the whole road closed. Were diverted up the side alleys, thought would just have to go up the alley then turn left to get back onto Ferndale Road but they had a van deliberately blocking that road as well so had to go further on. Was a complete nightmare as very little space for anything bigger than a Mini to turn left. Most of the bigger cars, including mine had to manouevre to get round. There were no warning signs anywhere in Pinehurst Road/St Mary's Grove and it's bad before even the Ambulance Service didn't know about it. Their driver turned round and went back up Pinehurst Road. Can't believe there was and still is nothing in the Adver about it either. Moth

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