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Northampton trader claims he has lost 60 per cent of his trade due to ongoing roadworks around Derngate

Mark Butters, outside his Bang & Olufsen store in Derngate, Northampton

Mark Butters, outside his Bang & Olufsen store in Derngate, Northampton

A shop owner in Northampton town centre says he believes he has lost 60 per cent of his trade due to roadworks being carried out on a busy junction.

Mark Butters, who runs Bang & Olufsen, in Derngate, Northampton, said he had noticed a sharp drop in sales since work began at the nearby Bedford Road intersection with Victoria Promenade.

Mr Butters said he believed fewer people were travelling to his store due to Derngate being closed from the Victoria Promenade junction to Spring Gardens. He said: “If people can’t drive somewhere then they don’t go there.

“Everybody on Derngate has said their takings have been affected by the roadworks.”

Councillor Danielle Stone (Lab, Castle) said she believed the retailers should be given compensation for the loss of trade during the roadworks, which are scheduled to finish in the next couple of months.

Councillor Stone said: “As the road improvement works are a partnership of the county and the borough, I suggest that businesses pursue a claim for a reduction – or suspension – of business rates for the year.”

Councillor Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said workmen had made “great progress” and thanked motorists for their patience while the work was taking place.

He said: “Our aim is to complete the necessary works as early as possible and to minimise inconvenience to road users.

“When the work’s done, not only will the enhancement make this a very attractive entrance to the town, but it will also reduce congestion.”

The Bedford Road/Victoria Promenade intersection will be closed completely overnight between Monday, August 18 and Friday, August 22 and then again on Tuesday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 27.

The hours of the closure are between 7pm and 4am.

In the hours outside the night-time closures, the lane restrictions, which include the closure of the southern end of Derngate and diversions along Cliftonville Road, will remain in place.

 

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