Council come under fire for vital Manchester Road closures
SEFTON Council are closing Manchester Road for vital road repairs – but have come under fire by local businesses who are accusing the local authority of lacking in communication
The Champion reported on the road closures in February, but worried businesses say the council have not done enough to let them know about what is going on.
Council bosses have staunchly defended the works, saying that plenty of warning was given.
A road closure will be in operation from May 2 to approximately May 19 to facilitate the road surfacing process.
Manchester Road business owner Louise Hankinson said: “We are so concerned with the closure.
“How are Businesses and residents supposed to carry on!
“The Businesses on Manchester Rd have suffered trade loss over the last weeks due to the pavement works.
“Can the road not be replaced one side at a time?
“We have not been given enough time to prepare for completely closing the road and it is going to put many business on the brink of closure.
Dowhigh Ltd – the Sefton Council employed contractors in charge of making the much needed improvements to Manchester Road, had already written to residents and businesses owners to warn them well in advance of any disruption that may occur.
The entire process will see vital traffic signal improvements at the Manchester Road/Roe Lane junction, new footpaths, an upgrade to nearby bus stops and better road resurfacing.
A spokesman for Sefton Council said: "Letters were sent out in February to residents and local businesses on Manchester Road outlining the works which included traffic signal improvements, new footways, a bus stop upgrade and road resurfacing.
“Further correspondence will be going out in the coming days updating the scheme.
"The contractors who are carrying out the highway enabling works, have a liaison officer, who has been available to meet up with residents and traders prior to and during the works programme.
“The liaison officer has met with traders who have made contact regarding their interests.
"As we carry out necessary road carriageway resurfacing in May, diversions will be in place but remind shoppers that businesses on Manchester Road remain open and access will be maintained for emergency services and residents where possible."
Councillor David Barton added: “This is a local matter that has such a far reaching impact on so many people.
“I have been in touch with Sefton Council and asked that the road is resurfaced in an incremental manner, and for the 18 inch additional paving on the westwards side to be reduced thus allowing for more car parking spaces."