Businesses lament roundabout woes



ANDREW Wakefield was just coming to terms with the loss of his Maclean nursery when the Clarence Valley Council began road works out the front of his Frogs Hollow Nursery at Yamba.

The construction of a roundabout on the corner of Golding Street and Yamba Road has taken nearly two months, with no end in sight.

And shop owners are not happy. Mr Wakefield said the traffic controls associated with the road works had had dire consequences for his business.

"People didn't know where to park, or if they could stop, it was a huge problem," he said.

"We've lost a lot of business ? we're trading at about half of what we normally are."

Ray White principal Jim Kelly was also scathing of council.

"They had barricades, no one could see where they were going and for the majority of the time they only had two blokes working on it," he said. "Why can't they, on a major intersection, just get blokes in and get it done?"

Mr Kelly said the works had also caused his business major problems.

"We've had to meet people away from the office ... it's just been an absolute nightmare," he said.

Council could not be reached for comment yesterday.



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