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LOSING BUSINESS: Croxley shops facing difficult time due to roadworks

 Published on: 3rd March 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Shops on Baldwins Lane are facing difficult times as customers are not able to access them due to the roadworks opposite the new Croxley Danes school. 

Guy Demair, manager at Café Amici, one of the shops affected, said the delays are affecting their business. 

“We are very quiet during the mornings and late afternoons, which means that sales have gone down.

“There are more shops nearby affected too. No one can park here and if they can’t park, they go elsewhere, so we are losing customers.

“What is getting on people’s nerves is that they started work on one side, with the parking area, cordoned the place off without finishing the work and moved over across the road.

“If they sort out the parking that would be better. The customers are getting fed up because they have appointments and don’t know where to leave the car.”

(Shops owners have been told that works are not getting delayed, as they initially said they would be carried out for up to six weeks.)

At the time of writing, works have been going on for roughly five weeks. Therefore, the main reason creating problems is the unfinished work with the parking area.

The chairman of Croxley Green Residents Association, Barry Grant, said: “I’d like to think Hertfordshire County Council which, I presume, has full responsibility for building the school and Herts Highways would have taken the lead in prioritising the impact on the local shops. 

“Good management should see the council in full liaison with shop owners, its contractors and their sub-contractors to ensure the work is undertaken with the minimum impact on the shops and their customers – even if problems were encountered.”

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