Why is our street closed?

Simon Marshall (S. Marshall Car Sales), Natalie Shaw (Toxic) and Simon Raddon (Laptop Specialists) with the Newton Drive roadworks in the background.
Simon Marshall (S. Marshall Car Sales), Natalie Shaw (Toxic) and Simon Raddon (Laptop Specialists) with the Newton Drive roadworks in the background.
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Traders are feeling the strain after their businesses were hit by a road closure – as chaos reigns over who is responsible for the works.

Shops on Newton Drive, in Blackpool, say they have seen a drastic reduction in passing trade and angry business owners say they have been given no idea how long the work will last.

Roadworks on Newton Drive, Blackpool.

Roadworks on Newton Drive, Blackpool.

The road closure was initially blamed on street light improvements being carried out by E.ON but the energy company said it was caused by a burst water main.

United Utilities confirmed it completed repairs on a damaged sewer pipe on Tuesday but said the road was already closed because of the street light work.

Simon Marshall, who owns S Marshall Car Sales, on Newton Drive, said his business was suffering badly from the road closure.

He added: “We may as well close our doors and not bother. Nobody seems to care.”

The road has been closed for more than a week between Devonshire Road and Collingwood Avenue.

Toxic hair salon, also on Newton Drive, is among those feeling the pinch.

Stylist Natalie Shaw said: “We are losing a lot of walk-in customers because they are working right up to our doorstep and as a result customers are finding it difficult to get into the shop.

“The noise from the drills just outside is not comfortable for our customers.”

Simon Raddon, who works at Laptop Specialists on Newton Drive, said trade had fallen by as much as 80 per cent because of the road closures.

He added: “Customers usually drop off their laptops on their way to work but can’t do it so easily now.

“We’re going to really struggle to pay our wages this week.

“We are still ticking over, just about, but we are normally very busy and we’ve hardly made any money while the roadworks have been in place.”

A spokesman for United Utilities said: “The road is currently closed for some traffic signalling work.

“On Friday last week, we were made aware of a defect on one of our sewer pipes within the road closure.

“So while the road remained closed we sent a team in to carry out a repair on the pipe and this was completed on Tuesday.”

A spokeswoman for E.ON said: “There are no current road closures in Blackpool as a result of the street lighting works being undertaken by E.ON.”

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