Skegness

Businesses claim they have been ‘left in dark’ over nine months of Skegness roadworks

Business owners on the outskirts of Skegness have claimed they have not been informed about nine months of roadworks beginning next week on the A158.

Anglian Water will start its £3.5 million project to reduce the risk of burst water pipes along a 7km stretch on the western edge of the town on Monday, December 4.

While speaking to three businesses on November 29, just days before the project is supposed to start, Lincolnshire Reporter ended up breaking the news to two of the businesses about the planned waterworks.

Poppy’s Restaurant could be affected by the works. Photo: Lincolnshire Reporter

Carol Crutchlow, owner of Poppy’s Restaurant on the A158, said: “I am very disappointed. I’d have liked to have been notified at some point beforehand.

“If they just informed us that it was going to be going on it would have been nice.”

“From a business point of view, there’s going to be traffic disruption, but the works have to be done.”

The owner of Lyndhurst Garden Centre says he has not been told by Anglian Water about the works. Photo: Lincolnshire Reporter

Lyndhurst Garden Centre owner Stephen Clow told Lincolnshire Reporter he was also concerned about the impact on his business.

He said: “It will impact on the business itself as it stops people coming to my garden centre.

“I had heard about it, but it would’ve been nice if they had got in touch.”

Waterworks on the A158 will begin next week. Photo: Lincolnshire Reporter

John Roberts of the Farm Shop on the A158, added: “If it’s got to be done, it’s got to be done.

“Yes it will impact my business as people won’t come in here as they’ll worry about getting out.”

Temporary traffic lights will be in place during the first phase of work on Burgh Road at the junction with Lincoln Road for three weeks.

St Mary’s Road junction will be closed for three weeks in the New Year and Lyndhurst Avenue will close from January 22, 2018 for three weeks.

Traffic will be diverted off Burgh Road along Roman Bank and Lincoln Road for this period.

The final phase of the scheme will move further west between the junction of Roach Farm Park and Lincoln Road, with temporary traffic lights put in place while this part of the scheme is completed.

Richard Pickersgill, Anglian Water network manager for Lincolnshire, said: “We appreciate the work will cause some disruption to local residents, and we are sorry for that.

“However, we hope that people understand how important this scheme is and that the benefits of this work will outweigh any temporary inconvenience.”

Work will be completed by August 2018, Anglian Water has said.