Roadwork hell affecting business couple’s trade

ROAD BLOCK: Glenn and Louise Smith
ROAD BLOCK: Glenn and Louise Smith

The desperate owners of a family business have said their health and livelihoods are being affected by continued delays in roadworks.

The desperate owners of a family business have said their health and livelihoods are being affected by continued delays in roadworks.

Glenn and Louise Smith, who own Peter Smith’s Timber and Roofing Supplies in Clifton Street, say customers from the building trade are giving up on them because of the huge delays in getting to their shop.

Louise (37) even admitted that she is seriously worried about her husband’s health and that he was having nightmares about the situation.

She said: “The business was set up by Glenn’s father Peter 30 years ago, and this is the worst time for trade we have ever known.

“The recession hit us quite badly but we were coming out of it until this work started in April.

“Many of our customers come from the building trade – builders, roofers and joiners – and they have said they are giving up on us and going to other stores because they cannot afford to be stuck in traffic for 30 minutes.

“My husband is very worried about the situation and very upset. He has a sentimental attachment to the business and is struggling with nightmares and depression. We just want to see an end to the work. We are struggling to pay our bills.”

Traffic around nearby Trafalgar Street and Westgate has been queuing up since April with Lancashire County Council admitting that it could be mid-November before work is complete.

Louise added: “We only have four staff, including myself and Glenn, but we are having to let one person go and put another on shortened hours because our trade has just plummeted.

“I think it’s ridiculous that the work which Lancashire County Council said would only last 18 weeks is still going on now.”

Lancashire County Council did not respond in time to our request for a comment.