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Traders’ joy as road re-opens

Standish Street traders who angry that a vital access road has been closed for weeks and is affecting business.

Standish Street traders who angry that a vital access road has been closed for weeks and is affecting business.

Traders in Burnley whose businesses were affected by a road closure which lasted weeks are slowly returning to normal after the street was re-opened to traffic.

The Burnley Express reported on Tuesday how takings at shops in Standish Street were down by up to a third after nearby Kingsway was closed when slates from the roof of the government-owned former tax office building were sent crashing into the road during high winds.

Concrete blocks were put in the middle of Kingsway meaning the only access to Standish Street was through a diversion along Bank Parade.

But contractors have since visited the site to repair the roof and the road was re-opened to traffic on Wednesday.

Marie Lord, who owns Quality Stitches in Standish Street and is the chairman of the Standish Street Traders group, said: “The day after we spoke to the Burnley Express the contractors arrived to fix the roof and the road re-opened on Wednesday. It’s surprising the difference it’s made already.

“You can see the foot flow has increased and the cars are coming round to Standish Street again. The street is busy again. The week before the road re-opened there were parking spaces available but now it’s full.

“We have still lost out financially while the road was closed but since it opened takings are up and things are slowly getting back to normal.

“Hopefully in another month down the line, all this will be a distant memory.”

 

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