Leicester

Earl Shilton businesses worried over roadworks

Small business owners in a Leicestershire town say a second set of major roadworks in a year are ruining trade.

The Hollow in Earl Shilton has been closed while the road is resurfaced. Last summer gas main replacement caused 12-week road closures.

Helen Colver, manager of The Flower Shop on The Hollow, said the area had been "dead" since work began.

Leicestershire County Council said the work was necessary after the winter.

In a statement, the county council said some of the roads in Earl Shilton were badly affected by the harsh weather conditions over the last two winters and needed to be resurfaced.

Passing trade

Ms Colver said she did not understand why the work was not carried out last year.

"We wish they'd have done the roadworks when they dug the road up last year for 12 weeks," said Ms Colver.

"We're losing business again, for the second time. It's absolutely dead as people are seeing the road is closed and are carrying on, rather than stopping in Earl Shilton."

Councillor Richard Allen, member of both Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Earl Shilton Town Council, said several business owners had raised concerns.

"With so many different organisations and agencies undertaking roadworks, it can prove very difficult to timetable.

"The county council can do its best to plan roadworks in to coincide with each other but sometimes they get very little notice of when companies, such as the National Grid, want to do work."

Work along The Hollow is due to last for two weeks.

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