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Don’t abandon us: Town traders’ plea amid roadwork disruption

PUBLISHED: 14:24 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:24 22 October 2018

Attleborough traders want people to continue to shop locally despite roadwork disruption. Picture: Breckland Council

Attleborough traders want people to continue to shop locally despite roadwork disruption. Picture: Breckland Council

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Traders in a Norfolk town undergoing major £4.5m road improvement works have pleaded with customers not to abandon them despite the disruption.

Traffic at a standstill in Attleborough due to roadworks in Surrogate Street, Church Street, and Station Road. Picture: Denise BradleyTraffic at a standstill in Attleborough due to roadworks in Surrogate Street, Church Street, and Station Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

Work to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety in Attleborough began last month and is due to last until Monday, November 26. It will see Surrogate Street widened and converted to two-way, and the realignment the junctions of Church Street and Connaught Road.

However traffic lights, temporary barriers and coned off areas have left motorists heading into the town centre facing delays and caused problems for pedestrians.

Town centre businesses have now appealed for people to show their support by continuing to shop in the town despite the disruption caused by the work.

Anna Lancaster, company director at AW Myhill in Attleborough, who is amongst traders appealing for people to continue to shop locally. Picture: Sonya DuncanAnna Lancaster, company director at AW Myhill in Attleborough, who is amongst traders appealing for people to continue to shop locally. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Anna Lancaster, from home and kitchen appliance shop AW Myhill, said: “On the down side this past few weeks has been very trying for everyone on the high street. The road works has had a huge impact on the town and the economy. It has been very stressful for all of the businesses.

“We want to tell everyone, we are all still here, we are all still open and are all still offering the same level of service that everyone has learnt to expect from us.”

Molly Farrar, of the Feline Care Cat Rescue charity shop on Exchange Street, said: “We have noticed a drop in donations. Thankfully we have been working with our Diss shop to keep our shelves stocked but we’re really starting to run low and urge donors to keep bringing us their clothes, especially men’s and children’s clothes which seem to have taken the biggest dip during road works in the town.”

Heavy traffic in Attleborough due to roadworks in Surrogate Street, Church Street, and Station Road. Picture: Denise BradleyHeavy traffic in Attleborough due to roadworks in Surrogate Street, Church Street, and Station Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

Rhys Askham, a funeral director at Rosedale Funeral Home’s Attleborough branch, said: “A good funeral depends on precision timing and it has been a challenge for us to manage. However, we realise the benefits that will come to Attleborough once these alterations are done, as the better traffic flow will be better for the funeral cortege.”

Attleborough mayor Vera Dale said: “Attleborough is awash with red fencing but remember the shops are still open for business and they need you now more than ever. The town is lucky to have independent traders who we need to support at all times. Please can shoppers make that extra effort and continue to use our local shops.”

Breckland Council recently launched its shopappy.com online shopping initiative which allows people to still shop local.

Attleborough traders come togther to appeal for shoppers to support local businesses during the current roadwork disruption. Picture: Breckland CouncilAttleborough traders come togther to appeal for shoppers to support local businesses during the current roadwork disruption. Picture: Breckland Council

Councillor Paul Claussen, Breckland Council’s executive member for place, added: “There are some fantastic independent shops in Attleborough, as there are in each of our district’s market towns. It is absolutely essential that people continue to support these local shops as they are often local, family-run businesses with unique, quality items for sale and we all want to see them thrive going forward.”

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