A SANDWICH business is seeing a bite being taken out of its takings as road works have cut off passing trade for SIX weeks.
Time For Lunch in Blacker Road, was taken over by Alitia Hirst six months ago and as any new business owner has put everything into making it viable.
But since the road works started closing the junction of Halifax Road and Blacker Road the business has seen a loss of around £40-50 a day.
Mrs Hirst of Netheroyd Hill said: "The first week in February we had a really good week and then the road works started the week after and the road was closed.
"We weren’t notified about it which was bad enough but we have gradually seen things tail off.
"We still have our regular customers but with the road closed it is a massive blow.
"We thought January and February would be the worst time as people were paying off credit cards and tightening their spends but to have a drop like this is going to make paying the rent so much harder."
The road works are being carried out by Kirklees Council to refurbish traffic lights and improve the pedestrian crossing.
She added: "We have been told the work is for the traffic lights which is much needed but we want to assure people we’re are open as usual."
The works are listed on Kirklees website as commencing on February 5 and lasting until March 12.
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: "The road closure notice was issued on December 12, six weeks in advance of the works, and steps were taken to keep local people informed.
"Notices were placed on site along with start-of-work signs which outlined the dates and length of the closure.
"The signs have been well maintained since works began early this month.
"We are always mindful of supporting local businesses and we are doing all we can to minimise disruption.
"The scheme is scheduled to take five weeks, but we are aiming to finish earlier if possible.
"The traffic lights are being upgraded to provide crossing facilities for the pedestrians who cross the road here throughout the day, including many children.
"The junction will also have improved vehicle detection to make the signals more efficient and effective."