Roadworks may spell end for pub
POPULAR pub The Ram in South Woodchester looks set to close, because of forthcoming resurfacing on the A46.
Landlord Phil McAsey says that the closure of the main road between Stroud and Nailsworth for six consecutive Sundays will be the nail in the coffin for his business.
Gloucestershire County Council says it will be carrying out the resurfacing on Sundays to reduce disruption. The road will be closed from this Sunday and weekly until Sunday, October 20.
"A closure is needed so improvements can be completed quickly and safely, and the road will be closed from 8am to 5pm," said a council spokesman.
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Highways crews will be resurfacing around three quarters of a mile of the busy road, removing the existing surface and laying 740 tonnes of new material.
But Mr McAsey says his business will not survive.
"Sundays make up a third of our weekly turnover and without them we can't make the sums add up.
"It's not just the six weeks. We'll lose the trade we've built up on Sundays," he said. "I have little option but to lay off my staff . I can't afford to maintain the pub with only two thirds of the small turnover we've built up."
The county council says that road signs will be put up during Sunday road closures to highlight local businesses in Woodchester which are open as usual. Access to The Ram and other businesses will still be possible via local roads.