Some Maclean businesses are crying foul over the loss of Christmas trade caused by River Street roadworks. The street is being
Some Maclean businesses are crying foul over the loss of Christmas trade caused by River Street roadworks. The street is being

River Street surface tension

By ADRIAN MILLER

BUSINESSES in Maclean's Main Street are fuming at the Clarence Valley Council's decision to resurface the road in the lead up to Christmas.

Parking has been significantly reduced in the street and traffic flow cut to one lane, causing large problems for motorists and shop owners.

Businesses say the roadworks have greatly affected sales, with one store owner claiming takings were down by at least 50 per cent on the same time last year.

The council had originally planned to fix the road over consecutive Saturday's to minimise disruption, but an error in the original laying meant it had to be ripped up and redone.

And Maclean main street traders are not happy.

Toy Kingdom owner Geoff Worrill said council's actions had cost him massive amounts of money.

"Yesterday was probably the worst day I've had for a Christmas for ages," he said.

"Our turnover yesterday was at least half of what it normally is."

Mr Worrill said council should never have planned roadworks for this time of year.

"At this time of the year it's ridiculous, why can't they do it in February?," he said.

"It's ridiculous ? typical council, they just don't care."

Another main street trader, who didn't want to be named, said council's inability to properly notify owners was disappointing.

"The only warning we had was a letter dropped in late-ish last week saying they were closing the main street last Saturday and this coming Saturday to do resurfacing works," she said.

"There was no indication or no word of what was going to take place or how extensive it was going to be."

The owner said these roadworks compounded problems faced earlier in the year by main street traders and would not encourage people to shop in town.

"It's all very well to be doing up the main street, but the main street has been disrupted since the end of March," she said.

"It has taken it's toll during the year with two major road works in school holidays and then this just before Christmas, it doesn't sit well."

Clarence Valley Council yesterday could not be contacted for comment.



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