Roadworks cause misery for Lancaster traders

Owner of Fireplace warehouse.uk.com Bob Whitehead outside his premises on the former site of the Skerton Hotel.
Owner of Fireplace warehouse.uk.com Bob Whitehead outside his premises on the former site of the Skerton Hotel.

A LANCASTER businessman fears “horrendous” roadworks outside his shop will affect trade.

Bob Whitehead, manager of Fireplace Warehouse, faces up to a year of disruption while United Utilities carry out essential water mains and sewer work close to his showroom next to Skerton Bridge, in Owen Road.

The bus shelter right outside Mr Whitehead’s shop has been closed, and the road is now being dug up.

While this work is being undertaken, half of the one-way system which crosses Skerton Bridge will be closed, which is likely to cause havoc for commuters travelling along the main route into Lancaster, or towards Caton Road and the M6. And the work could last up to 12 months.

Mr Whitehead moved his business into the former Skerton Hotel premises 18 months ago, having spent the previous 10 years in Regent Road, Morecambe.

He said: “The work began on August 5, but now is really affecting the business, it’s horrendous.

“All the shops here will be affected. Drivers are not stopping at any of them, as it looks like they are all closed.

“We just want people to know we are still open, because at the moment we feel like we are blocked in.”

Nearby Lune Street will also be partially closed at some point, which could cause problems for shoppers looking for a parking spot.

“I appreciate the work has to be done, but it’s going to get worse, this is just the start,” Mr Whitehead added.

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-09-11) for full story.