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Traders win roadworks reversal

PUBLISHED: 15:36 12 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

COUNTRY traders and their huge team of suppliers are celebrating today after the county council performed a U-turn and postponed roadworks.

Shops on the B1079 between Woodbridge and Grundisburgh were furious when they discovered that the road would be closed for essential resurfacing between December 7 to 21.

COUNTRY traders and their huge team of suppliers are celebrating today after the county council performed a U-turn and postponed roadworks.

Shops on the B1079 between Woodbridge and Grundisburgh were furious when they discovered that the road would be closed for essential resurfacing between December 7 to 21.

The businesses said the timing would seriously disrupt their crucial Christmas trade and hit them hard during the most lucrative period of the year. They acknowledged that the repairs to the road had to be done but they asked for a postponement.

Alison Youngman, who runs Grange Farm fruit and vegetable shop, said: ''The closure in December would have had a devastating effect just before Christmas. We have now been told the roadworks will be postponed until after Christmas – we were not given a date – and this is very good news, so we are very pleased.

''Although a road closure would be inconvenient and affect the trade at any time of the year, it will have a much less damaging effect than immediately before Christmas.''

Highways manager Guy Pearse admitted that the council had reversed its plans following concerns expressed by business owners and the resurfacing will be delayed to ensure it does not affect the Christmas trade.

He said: ''In this instance it became apparent that local businesses could be seriously disadvantaged by the roadworks taking place during an important trading period. We felt that, in respect of these concerns, the roadworks could be delayed until the New Year."

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