petrol station owner sees trade fall 66% due to road closure
owner of a petrol station in Burnham-On-Sea is seeking compensation
from Wessex Water after seeing his trade plummet by 66% this week
during the ongoing closure of Berrow Road due to sewer repairs.
Reason, pictured, says trade at his Texaco garage has "suffered
tremendously" during the roadworks, which started on Monday
and are scheduled to finish on February 17th.
seen petrol and shop sales at just 33% of what we'd normally expect
- the road closure has had a huge impact," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
will be even worse over the weekend and into next week when we'd
usually expect to see extra half-term holiday customers on their
way to and from Brean. We do intend to pursue compensation from
Wessex Water for this work."
added: "It's almost unbelievable that once the water works
are finished, we'll see more disruption here when a new pedestrian
crossing built in the same area of Berrow Road, although fortunately
there won't be a road closure - that work begins on 23rd February."
22-metre long stretch of Berrow Road, near the junction with Golf
Links Road, has shut and motorists are being directed along a
nine-mile diversion route around East Brent and Brent Knoll instead
during the work.
Wessex Water spokesperson said: "This essential work is being
carried out to divert a surface water sewer and protect properties
from flooding. We appreciate Berrow Road is a main road through
Burnham-On-Sea and apologise for any inconvenience caused."
closure has been criticised by other local residents, businesses
and motorists, with Berrow Parish Council airing its concerns.