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Gayton publican criticises roadworks for 'decimating' trade

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Pictured New Landlords of the Crown at Gayton. Lisa and Neil Staples.. (5144083)
Pictured New Landlords of the Crown at Gayton. Lisa and Neil Staples.. (5144083)

A pub landlady has criticised county transport chiefs over roadworks which she says have “decimated” her business.

Lisa Staples, who runs the Crown in Gayton with her husband Neil, says residents were not told about the works on the B1145 in nearby Ashwicken before they began last month.

But Norfolk County Council says the work, which is expected to be completed today, is essential to reduce flooding in the area and only people living in the immediate vicinity of the site would have been notified.

Mrs Staples said it was only after customers did not arrive for several scheduled restaurant bookings that they discovered the road had been closed.

Asked how the works had affected her business, she said: “It’s decimated. There are diversions but if people are not from round here, they won’t get in.”

She claimed other businesses in the village had also been badly affected by the works, which were intended to fix a culvert damaged by the intervention of a third party earlier this year.

A county council spokesman said yesterday: “We undertook these works as a matter of urgency to prevent further flooding, with traffic management in place and in stages wherever possible to minimise inconvenience to local residents and businesses.

“As with all roadworks we follow national guidance, sending out letters and public information notices in advance to notify people and businesses directly-affected in the area about the scheme.”

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