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Shotton shops 'lose thousands' due to roadworks

Published date: 19 February 2014 |
Published by: Elin McDonald
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SHOP owners who claim they are thousands of pounds out of pocket due to ongoing roadworks have voiced their fury.

Works being carried out along the B5129 from Asda to Wepre Drive – the main road through Queensferry, Shotton and Connah’s Quay – began in January and are scheduled to last 16 weeks.

Flintshire Council aims to improve, upgrade and synchronise traffic signalling to reduce congestion.

Motorists using the route have been hit with chronic rush hour queues.

Now shop owners in Shotton said the traffic running through the town is hitting them in the pocket.

Andrew Walton, owner of Premier Discounts on Chester Road West, claimed that his business could lose up to £16,000 if the traffic problems continue for the duration of the work schedule.

Mr Walton, 51, said: “I am losing £1,000 a week and my business can’t survive 16 weeks of this.

“That’s a potential £16,000. Loss of business for Shotton is ubelievable.

“They are closing roads, turning off traffic lights and today a bus stop was closed. People don’t know where they are going or where to park their cars if they want to use the shops.

“We want some answers because we just don’t know what they are doing.

“Everybody in Shotton is in the same boat. We want to see some organisation because as it is, we won’t be able to pay the bills.

“Shotton is a nightmare.”

Nadine Davies, 54, who works two doors down the road at a charity shop raising cash for Claire House children’s hospice charity shop, claims that the takings for her shop have halved since the roadworks started last month.

She added: “Now the council are saying that there will be roadworks at the side of the shop too so people can’t drop off their donations.

“The council have shown very little consideration for the people of Shotton, no provisions have been made.

“A lot of the shops here are closing down.

“There are no proposals or plans to help people in Shotton or the shop owners.

“Soon it will be like a ghost town, these roadworks are killing shotton.”

A previous council statement said: “The works are to improve, upgrade and synchronise all the traffic signals between Asda, and Wepre Drive to reduce traffic congestion and they are being funded by Welsh Government.

“The works will be carried out in short sections along the route to minimise any disruptions.
“Delays are expected and Flintshire Council apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Flintshire Council were unavailable to comment at the time of going to press.

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  1. Posted by: Nick Sinclair at 15:51 on 19 February 2014 Report

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