Market Harborough traders angry at roadworks disruption

Traders in a Leicestershire market town are concerned their businesses will be further affected by continued work to renew a mains water pipe.

The underground pipe scheme is the next phase of a £1m project by Severn Trent to replace two kilometres of water mains in Market Harborough.

The project on Coventry Road is expected to take about 10 weeks.

Traders in the town said business had already been badly hit by roadworks in the town's High Street.

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Malcolm Lever-Jones, from Harborough Independent Retailer's Association, said: "Some business, particularly the takeaway food shops, are looking at a 50% drop in sales - which is more than hurting them.

"If you look outside my shop I have a barrier two feet from the door, which has been there now for four weeks," he said.

"It is the same on the other side of the road, so people have to choose which side of the street to go down."

Severn Trent Water said it hoped the work would be completed in the next 10 weeks and was working hard to minimise any disruption caused.

Paul Wallis, Severn Trent area manager, said: "This specific project is a £1m project to renew the trunk water supply that comes into the town.

"This type of project will cause a certain level of disruption and unfortunately it needs to travel through the town's High Street and into Coventry Road."

Market Harborough MP Edward Garnier said: "Much of the infrastructure is old and Victorian - but inevitably people will complain when their businesses are damaged.

"I hope Severn Trent have made provision for shopkeepers to get proper compensation where appropriate," he said.

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