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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Delays to Cockermouth Main Street reopening

Celebrations have been put on hold after mains problems this week delayed the reopening of Cockermouth’s Main Street.

DISRUPTION: Weeks of roadworks are almost finished on Cockermouth’s Main Street – but there is more misery ahead for the town’s traders

Cumbria County Council said the closure would extend beyond the current week and a further update will be provided next week.

A spokesman said: “These difficulties have included substantial works to protect unexpected shallow gas and water mains.”

Meanwhile, the county council has advertised the forthcoming closure of Market Place, although traders there do not yet know what it will involve.

They are concerned about delivery access to premises and the closure of the Riverside and Bitterbeck car parks.

At The Castle Bar, owners Sean and Jayne Cusack have had to lay off four staff as a result of the nearby Main Street roadworks and a drop in trade.

Sean said: “It cost us about £10,000 last month and that was when they were on Main Street. We have not got the work during the day for the kitchen and waiting staff.

“We have told all the staff we will be closing during the day when roadworks are here and that we will have to assess the staffing situation.

“We should not be finding things out on the grapevine.”

They have 35 remaining staff.

Adam Stitt, of 4 Play Cycles, said: “We have been okay so far but the next phase bothers us.

“There’s been a lack of information which is not good at what should be our busiest time.

“If there are no car parks then straight away our customers have nowhere to park.

“I’m normally very positive but this could be an absolute nightmare. Hopefully there will be some flexibility.”

Some traders had heard that a meeting will be held to discuss how work will proceed. All of them agreed the work needed to be done.

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “We are assessing the full extent of remedial works needed in Market Place to complete a previous enhancement scheme.

“We will then draw up a works programme and a road closure is likely to be necessary.”

He said the Market Place work could start later this month, and residents and businesses would be informed of the date and length of any road closure.

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Thanks for the comment "shouting Dave" , I take it youre not a business owner in Cockermouth then , thats had to put up with this since it started , were just getting back on track after loosing much of this years trade only to have the pavements dug up and acess to our business blocked , and now were told that it "might" be finished by October , rent , business rates insurance etc still has to be paid , im just amazed that a) no ones gone out of business and b) the support shown by everyone choosing to shop in Cockermouth and support the local traders , so "just get over it" is an insult Dave.....

Posted by J Dubya on 18 July 2014 at 16:39


Posted by Dave on 17 July 2014 at 08:13

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