TRADERS are calling for better access during road works.
Dixon’s Milk Ices in Lockwood saw trade decrease by around half on Sunday after works started on Swan Lane.
Now Charles Cartwright is calling on Kirklees Council to give them some light relief on a Sunday – their busiest day.
He said: “I can understand these things have to take place, all I’m asking is for them to give access to customers on a Sunday now they’re not working on this section of the road.”
Swan Lane was closed off on Sunday, but although side streets around the ice-cream parlour remained open, passing trade was down.
Mr Cartwright explained: “Last Sunday was the first day of the work.
“They did this section, putting down the first layer, and have now moved further up the road to do that before they come back and finish the top layer.
“They plan to close the road off for eight Sundays, but they could re-open access for the shops on the section of the road they’re not working on.
“Businesses are struggling and it would be helpful if everyone could work together.
“On Sunday we took half of what we’d normally take. We are fortunate because we’ve got loyal customers and people often make special visits, but it’s different for the news agents as they get a lot of passing trade. If the trade can’t pass what happens then?”
Mr Cartwright called the council’s Highways department on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to ask to speak to someone about the issue. But no-one responded to his calls until after the Examiner put a query in.
A Kirklees Highways spokeswoman said: “The work being carried out on Swan Lane is essential and cannot be delayed and Sunday working causes the least disruption to motorists who use this busy route.
“Access to Mr Cartwright’s shop and other businesses is still available via several side streets.
“Information boards are already being used to tell the public that local businesses remain open on Sunday and we will increase this number.
“All traders in the area were written to in advance of the work to enable them to voice any concerns.”
A council officer contacted Mr Cartwright after the Examiner got in touch.
Mr Cartwright said they told him the road would have to be closed off again this Sunday while they raised the manholes, but thereafter they would look to make more access if possible.