Gloucestershire

Stonehouse traders fear impact of roadworks

Shopkeepers in Gloucestershire say they fear the impact roadworks may have on local businesses.

Work is starting in Stonehouse town centre to resurface the main high street and put in a 20mph speed limit and parking bays.

Businesses are concerned the work, which is expected to last until 11 June, will stop people from using their shops due to reduced access.

Stonehouse Town Council said the area would only be fully closed temporarily.

Paul White, from P and S Fruit and Veg, said: "It's going to really affect us".

"We get a lot of people who stop in Stonehouse and see us, but where the traffic is going it's not going to help at all," he said.

A spokesman from the council said the area would only be fully closed for short periods of time and that it was very much "still open for business."

Phil Johnston, manager at J Broomhall Butchers, said: "It will be difficult for people to get in to Stonehouse."

Mr Johnston said he was worried it would have a "knock on effect" for business.

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