Traders assured street will be open

Traders on George Street in Blackpool are angry over roadworks as a new Sainsbury's is built in the area. L-R Sheram Amin, Steve Danbury, Andrew Swarbrick, Guy Hunt and Neil Waring.
Traders on George Street in Blackpool are angry over roadworks as a new Sainsbury's is built in the area. L-R Sheram Amin, Steve Danbury, Andrew Swarbrick, Guy Hunt and Neil Waring.
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TROUBLED traders are being assured work to resurface their road will be completed by the end of the month.

And those behind Blackpool’s Talbot Gateway central business district project apologised for the delay in getting the road resurfaced and open as usual.

But businesses on George Street say they will believe the road will reopen when they see it.

Traders say roadworks associated with the first phase of the £220m scheme have hit them in the pocket.

Darren Olive, of Tile Discount Trade Warehouse, added: “They are no further along than they were three weeks ago, they’re still blocking the street and I have to ask them to move their wagons so I can get my deliveries. I’ve had to walk to the end of the road and carry stock to my shop because the vans can’t get past.”

Colleague Guy Hunt said he wished builder Muse Developments had done more to help local businesses.

He added: “I completely agree with regeneration as a whole, and I do hope they will be finished in two weeks but this disruption has been going on for six months – longer than anyone anticipated. The developers could have done more.”

Muse says the work has been held up by service provides like the water board and gas suppliers but is on track to be completed in the next two weeks.

Spokesman Andy Barton added: “We are sympathetic to the traders’ situation, but by the end of the month we will be out of there and onto other parts of the network.

“We were looking towards having the work on George Street complete by Christmas, but for various reasons that has not been possible. Obviously we are looking to have this part of the town done as quickly as possible.

“We have a number of contractors who have also been delayed by the non-performance of statutory service providers such as the water board, BT and gas providers.

“We are not happy about it either and can only apologise for the situation.”

But Maggie Storey, general manager at Spectrum Cleaning and Bar Supples, said: “It’s not going to happen, George Street will not be finished in two weeks.”

Mr Olive said traders were also concerned there were plans to completely close George Street to complete the resurfacing of the road.

But Mr Barton said it was hoped that work would be done on a Sunday to mitigate any disruption.

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