Businesses in Harlaxton Road have vented their anger because roadworks have left some of them virtually cut off from their customers.
Major works started on Monday to resurface Harlaxton Road, near the A1. Diversions are in place which means drivers have to go on to the A1 and drive to the next junction to come back and get off at the other side of the bridge.
The work is due to continue for another two weeks with further stretches of the road resurfaced between Swingbridge Road and Trent Road, and Trent Road and the magistrates’ court.
With the road blocked off at the junction with Swingbridge Road, businesses such as Premier Vehicle Rental and Harlaxton Road Service Station are feeling the full brunt of the roadworks.
Terry Austin, of Premier Vehicle Rental, said the only way vehicles can access the property is to drive down a side road and on to a pavement before reaching them. He said there had been no rentals or inquiries this week.
He added: “They said in a letter that access to businesses and properties would be made possible, but when we arrived on Monday morning there was no-one there who would let us through. It is just a joke. We are a hire company and we need to get our vehicles in and out. They just do not seem to want to help.”
Harlaxton Road Service Station, which shares the same access, has had similar problems.
Staff member Paul Robinson said because there was no passing trade, he thought next week would be quiet.
He said potential customers had been turned away at the roadworks because they had been told there was no access. Mr Robinson said: “The highways people have been no help at all. People have driven up to the roadworks and then turned away because they think we are shut. Our regular customers have griped about getting here. I guess if you were a first time customer you just wouldn’t bother.”
Keith Paddock, secretary of Grantham Squash Club, said members could not get into the car park. He said the club had asked members to respect local residents by parking carefully in the area.
The Farrier restaurant is also suffering. General manager Frank Parr said: “It’s caused considerable inconvenience to our staff and customers. There has been an impact on the business and while we must take our fair share of disruption, I am keeping an anxious eye on the situation.”
Mark Heaton, area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I’m sorry to hear that local businesses have been inconvenienced by this. The road carries thousands of vehicles each day and has shown signs of wear and tear both structurally and on the surface, so we need to come in and make these essential maintenance repairs.
“We have phased the work to minimise disruption as much as possible. We are at present working extended hours to try and accelerate the scheme.
“So far, everything is progressing well and we’re on target to finish by August 10, or sooner if possible.”
For more details on the roadworks go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01522 782070.