Mixed fortunes for Horncastle traders as gas main works move into new phase

Horncastle town centre roadworks EMN-141103-081951001
Horncastle town centre roadworks EMN-141103-081951001

Businesses in Horncastle are experiencing mixed fortunes amidst roadworks taking place in the centre of the town.

Some store owners have said that they are suffering as a result of the gas works taking place in the High Street and Market Place while others are claiming that they haven’t seen any noticeable change.

Keith Gosling, partner and owner at Achurch and Sons, said: “We’re not as busy as we used to be. I think it’s affecting most of us.

“There’s not been much consideration in helping bring people to the town.

“There should be a lot more people working on the job.”

Flo Moore, owner of Houlden’s Newsagents, said that the workmen were putting the hours in but agreed that the roadworks were costing them business.

“We were significantly down in the first two weeks, but it’s now started to level out.

“We just hope we will be compensated appropriately - it’s always difficult when you first start a business, and this has made it a little more difficult.”

Jonathan White, owner of the Old Stables coffee house, said that they had noticed an upturn in trade.

“The only negative thing is the noise, and a lot of our customers are saying that they are sick of the roadworks.”

A staff member at RS Wisby butchers said they hadn’t seen a noticeable change due to the roadworks, neither has Graham Perkins, of Perkins newsagents.

Market traders in the town claim that a meeting with ELDC didn’t take place despite a council spokesman telling the News they met traders a few weeks ago to discuss the works.

The National Grid have confirmed work is still two to three days behind schedule, but the High Street is now reopen and work has moved to St Lawrence street.