Southgate Street roadworks could cripple Sunday trade
FEARS have been raised that extensive roadworks in Gloucester could harm Sunday trade in the city.
Southgate Street will be repaired from the junction with Parliament Street to St Ann Way on three Sundays – September 23 and 30 and October 7.
The road will be completely cut off to drivers during those days with only emergency services permitted access.
Diversion routes will be in place during the closure and the road will be open as normal outside of the above dates.
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Simon Baldwin, site director of the Warehouse climbing centre in Parliament Street, said: "I haven't heard about these roadworks yet, and I am really hoping they will keep the access to Parliament Street open.
"Last Sunday we had 16 birthday parties on the Sunday with 12 kids per party. That is a lot of parents picking up and dropping off their little ones.
"Weekends are our busiest times. If the road closed I don't know how we would cope.
"As for the other businesses on the road, I imagine the Docks and the Quays will suffer, but I don't think many other shops along that stretch open on Sundays."
Parking along Southgate Street will not be allowed during the hours of 8am and 7pm during the work.
Sally Godwin, highways manager at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The road needs to be closed to all traffic during the work to ensure it is carried out safely.
"We appreciate that this work will be disruptive, but hopefully carrying out this essential resurfacing on Sundays will reduce the impact on local businesses and residents.
"I would like to thank people in advance for their patience and if anyone has concerns they can speak to a member of staff on site, who will be happy to help."