SANDWICH shop owner Mary Wilkinson says roadworks are ruining her business.
Mrs Wilkinson and her brother-in-law run The Sandwich Bar on Leeds Road, Deighton.
Much of her business comes from passing trade and she says a series of roadworks has driven her customers away.
Roadworks are under way to rebuild Leeds Road between Whitacre Street and Oak Road. They are due to last until October.
Mrs Wilkinson said: "We are the only sandwich bar on this bit of road and survive on passing trade.
"But people do not want to spend their lunch hour in traffic, so they go elsewhere. I really don't know what will happen in the next few months.
"If the traffic is flowing that's fine. When they put temporary lights in and block one side of the road there are problems," she added.
"Last time they did that we lost a lot of trade and had to consider laying workers off. We have seven staff, most of them single mums."
Mrs Wilkinson said her business had been hit by problems several times in the past four years.
In 2000, a new gas main was laid at Bradley. Then, from January to August, 2001, Kirklees Council rebuilt the whole road between the junctions with Hillhouse Lane at Hillhouse and Whitacre Street.
Mrs Wilkinson applied for compensation from Kirklees Council, but she had to apply for a rate rebate.
Her application was refused and she could not afford to take the matter to a tribunal.
Then from February to June this year traffic lights were installed on Leeds Road, near the Hollidays site.
Mrs Wilkinson is not the only trader upset about the disruption.
Kirklees has received complaints about loss of trade from The Nissan Dealership (Dixons) and the BP filling station, both on Leeds Road.
Mrs Wilkinson has asked the council if she can get compensation this time - and again been refused.
A council spokeswoman said: "We have written to Mrs Wilkinson to explain the necessity for the work and how we are trying to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users.
"The council has no powers to pay compensation when it is carrying out its statutory duty to maintain the public highway."