Royal mess for King Street traders
SMALL business owners in Grafton's King Street are fed up with what they say has been a lack of communication about roadworks in the busy street.
Purple Haze Espresso Bar owner Mark Paterson said customers sitting outside his shop had put up with dust and noise for more than two months, while more recently the work had blocked customer car parking.
“I know the work has to be done, but there has been no respect or consideration for businesses,” he said.
Lock Solid owner Paul Corcoran, Color Perfect owner Keith Brodie and NRMA manager Kate Hemmy all said they had not been told why the work was taking place or when it would be completed.
“I've been here 12 years and can't recall more than one or two accidents on the corner,” Mr Brodie said. “We lost about four to six car parks when they were working ... there's already a lack of parking in Grafton.”
Clarence Valley Council operations manager Tim Jenkins said while business owners were not approached when work began in March, a council representative had since been out to discuss the project and how to minimise its impact on traders.
He said the construction would extend the kerb at each end of King Street and create a pedestrian crossing at Coles Grafton Mall. The work will cost one car park when the kerb is extended.
While some business owners were concerned the work would cause traffic to back up in the street, Mr Jenkins said the lane would remain the same.
“There will be no real change to the turning corner,” he said.
The work on King Street is expected to be finished by the end of the month.