Call to support Angel Hill businesses throughout six-week roadworks programme
‘We are still open as usual – please support us’.
That is the message from Angel Hill businesses ahead of six weeks of roadworks they fear could hit trade.
Work to replace cobbles from Angel Hill to Crown Street, upgrade two crossings and upgrade traffic lights starts on Monday.
But despite road closures during the £150,000 programme, access to car parking on Angel Hill will be maintained throughout.
This week, businesses appealed to customers to support them in the coming weeks.
Geoff Styche, owner of Olivia Benn, said: “This is definitely going to affect us – we have got to try to keep people coming to Angel Hill.
“I expect for the first few days of the roadworks Bury will be gridlocked until people find another route. But keeping the car park open is the main thing. I think the council should be giving free car parking for the duration of the roadworks.
“When things are so tough on the High Street anyway we need people to support independent businesses.”
Charlie Athorne, of No. 5 Angel Hill, said: “We are pleased the work is being done as it will make one of the county’s most prestigious squares look better and be safer.
“Please don’t let the roadworks put you off visiting us: come and have a nose of what’s going on and a coffee and buy some clothes and flowers from the other independent businesses here as well.
“There is a lot going on down here on Angel Hill. I think the people of Bury love supporting us and long may that continue.”
Mark Cordell, of Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Our Bury St Edmunds, said: “It is appreciated that this work needs to be carried out to improve the road surface along Angel Hill. I am very appreciative that the Suffolk Highways Team has consulted with the BID to try to minimise the disruption to businesses. Hopefully the next six weeks will go smoothly and the area around the Abbeygate and cathedral will look fabulous throughout the Abbey 1000 celebrations.
“It’s a tough time for local businesses at the moment, so they need customers to stay loyal even if there is some disruption to the roads.”
During the roadworks Angel Hill and Crown Street will be closed in two phases. During phase one, vehicles travelling from Crown Street will have access to Churchgate Street and Angel Hill, while vehicles entering Angel Hill via Abbeygate Street may turn left and proceed to Northgate or Eastgate Street.
During phase two, vehicles travelling from Northgate or Eastgate Street will be able to access Angel Hill, while vehicles travelling from Crown Street will be able to access Churchgate Street.
Councillor Andrew Reid, cabinet member for highways, transport and rural affairs said: “While Suffolk Highways understand that there is never a good time to close roads as important as Angel Hill and Crown Street, we hope residents and visitors will appreciate and benefit from the improved road surface in the future.”
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