Sewers blamed for road delays

Cleveys tram tracks works at the junction with Victoria Road.
Cleveys tram tracks works at the junction with Victoria Road.

FURTHER delays to tramworks have left traders fuming.

Business owners in Cleveleys were assured work in Victoria Square would be completed by May.

But due to problems with underground sewers it is now expected to re-open in July.

Martin Hunns, chairman of Cleveleys Chamber of Trade said business owners were screaming.

He said: “It has been a disaster for Cleveleys, no one is coming.

“At Christmas we were told work would be completed in six weeks, then it was May and now it is July.”

Mr Hunns, who also owns Carousel Diner on Kings Road, said traders were concerned business won’t pick up.

He said: “The big debate is will people come back?

“They are now travelling to Morecambe and Southport instead and who knows if they will return once the roads reopen.

“I can’t see trade picking up this year – I think we will lose custom during August and September as well.”

Last month Cleveleys was rocked by the closure of Nursery World on Victoria Road West.

Mr Hunns said: “It is a huge store but of course big buildings mean big bills and if the out-goings are more than the profits it is extremely difficult to carry on.

“So now we have another empty shop on our landscape.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said delays caused by work to realign sewers in the vicinity had been unexpected.