Fears raised by traders

alarm clock
alarm clock

FLEETWOOD traders demanded answers from tram works bosses at a heated meeting.

Business owners from North Albert Street and the Esplanade say delay with work on the tram tracks means they are losing vital trade and fear it could kill off their livelihoods.

They confronted the contractors and council representatives at the Fleetwood library meeting and were informed that the works could be continuing up until March.

Shops and businesses have been badly affected because the barriers deter customers.

Andrew Hull, who owns a convenience store on North Albert Street said “We have had no communication as to the progress of the tramworks.

“We allowed for two and a half months but it is now pushing six months, we might not be here by then, we are close to losing our livelihoods, businesses and life savings.”

Kate O’Connor, site agent for Bam Nuttall advised that the delay was due to the freezing weather conditions and a design flaw which had to be re-addressed and assured the residents that it was now resolved and work was continuing.

However, she heard claims that the workers currently on site did not appear to be getting on with the job.

And Brenda Geddes from Chequers Cafe on North Albert Street said “I am losing thousands. I have used all my savings. I have let staff members go and I can’t continue much longer.”

The traders are calling for compensation for what they have lost.

The meeting was chaired by Councillor Ron Shewan and Andy Whitlam, transport manager at Lancashire County Council. Coun Shewan advised that he was “fighting on the side of the traders for help and compensation and that the council were looking again at the situation.”