We're open for business Bewdley traders vow

BEWDLEY town centre is still open for business, say traders, with weeks of roadworks under way.

Improvements are being made to footpaths and kerbs in the town but Phil Brook, of the Deli@ Bewdley, in Load Street, said he had noticed a drop in trade since the work started on Monday, last week.

Council bosses claimed everything was being done to minimise disruption, however.

Mr Brook said: “It’s affecting people coming into the town. We just want people to know that Bewdley is still open.”

The work, which was delayed for a week due to the snow, is being carried out as part of the Worcestershire Local Transport Plan and includes repairs to the town bridge involving replacement of parapet.

It is expected to be completed by March 28.

Jon Fraser, the county council’s highways manager, said: “We are doing everything we can to minimise disruption to residents and businesses in the area.

“As with any highways work, while delays are likely when works are taking place, residents, businesses and visitors will benefit from real improvements once the enhancements are completed.

“The improvements are taking place during the day as the type of work involves using equipment that creates noise levels that just wouldn’t be acceptable if work was carried out during the night.

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7:30pm Mon 11 Feb 13

John Herbert Smith says...

How many more times are the street of Bewdley going to be dug up? Over the last decade I can barely remember a year without roadworks.

The council should implement a DECADE LONG BAN on the digging up of our roads, forcing BT, Severn Trent etc to COORDINATE.
How many more times are the street of Bewdley going to be dug up? Over the last decade I can barely remember a year without roadworks. The council should implement a DECADE LONG BAN on the digging up of our roads, forcing BT, Severn Trent etc to COORDINATE. John Herbert Smith

8:27pm Mon 11 Feb 13

emjaypee says...

Easier said than done JHS. Its all a question of funding & programming. For example if the water mains need replacing say next year, it does not automatically follow that the gas pipes will need work. Or the budget may not be there for another 2 or 3 yrs. Likewise the highways budget or the BT network etc, etc. This in itself whilst seeming silly is in fact the reality. Even if they did all their respective work at the same time they would simply be in each others way resulting in the works lasting 3 or 4 times longer.
Easier said than done JHS. Its all a question of funding & programming. For example if the water mains need replacing say next year, it does not automatically follow that the gas pipes will need work. Or the budget may not be there for another 2 or 3 yrs. Likewise the highways budget or the BT network etc, etc. This in itself whilst seeming silly is in fact the reality. Even if they did all their respective work at the same time they would simply be in each others way resulting in the works lasting 3 or 4 times longer. emjaypee

9:57am Tue 12 Feb 13

GGmommy says...

It will look lovely when it is done and the pavements need to be improved as they are unsafe in their present condition being very unlevel. Jobs need doing as and when money becomes available and this often leads to an uncoordinated approach. Its not easy for the shops, but it will be of benefit to the town in the end.
It will look lovely when it is done and the pavements need to be improved as they are unsafe in their present condition being very unlevel. Jobs need doing as and when money becomes available and this often leads to an uncoordinated approach. Its not easy for the shops, but it will be of benefit to the town in the end. GGmommy

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