Busi­nesses count costs as road works rum­ble on


Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - BY ES­THER HAY­DEN

ROAD WORKS at The Duffry and Mile­house are af­fect­ing the liveli­hoods of a num­ber of traders in the area.

Joe and Susie Chris­tian opened Pet De­pot in En­nis­cor­thy at the end of July and just two days be­fore open­ing were told that road works would be tak­ing place out­side the shop for two weeks while new wa­ter pipes were be­ing laid.

‘ The place is to­tally dis­rupted at the minute’, said Joe.

‘ The week­end we opened was great busi­ness wise but ev­ery day since then we are do­ing half the busi­ness we should be. The traf­fic is be­ing di­rected around the town and away from us. Peo­ple are tak­ing the long route around and as a re­sult are by­pass­ing us.

‘I know that the work has to take place but giv­ing two days no­tice is hor­ren­dous. We were told that the work had to hap­pened then be­cause Ir­ish Wa­ter fronted up for new pipes so when the money had to be used when they ap­proved it

‘ The work­ers say that they are go­ing to be fin­ished be­fore the end of the month un­less they run into any prob­lems. In fair­ness they are work­ing re­ally fast but the head guy in Pri­or­ity Con­struc­tion told me that if they run into prob­lems they could be held up.

‘At the mo­ment they are lay­ing wa­ter pipes and com­pletely resur­fac­ing the road and it’s a great job but it’s so dis­rup­tive.

‘Our trade is down 50 per cent and for a busi­ness that is just af­ter open­ing its doors that’s dev­as­tat­ing.

‘My­self and my wife Susie are work­ing full time in our En­nis­cor­thy shop and as a re­sult of these works we had to com­pletely re­jig our busi­ness plan. We had in­tended putting in a groom­ing area but we can’t do that yet be­cause we can’t jus­tify it just yet. Peo­ple are ask­ing us for the ser­vice but with the trade down 50 per cent we can’t hire a groomer.

‘We’ve had to put a good few things on hold be­cause of the works. The peo­ple of En­nis­cor­thy have been re­ally good to us and wel­comed us but the way the traf­fic is at the mo­ment in this area it’s very dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to get to us.’

Glenn Nolan in Grant’s Phar­macy said that while they did ex­pe­ri­ence dis­rup­tion for the first week of the works they eased rel­a­tively quickly.

‘ The first week the place was fairly dire be­cause the whole out­side was blocked off. Peo­ple had to park in Pet­titt’s and make their way up to us when the road was all bro­ken up.

‘ They (the work­ers) were past our place in about a week and since then it hasn’t been too bad. A lot of our clients would be from the Mile­house area and that area is badly af­fected so peo­ple are strug­gling to get to us which isn’t ideal.

‘ The thing about a busi­ness like ours is that peo­ple tend to be re­peat cus­tomers and want to stick with the same shop be­cause the phar­ma­cist would know their med­i­cal his­tory so peo­ple make the ef­fort to come to us.

‘Other busi­nesses in the area though haven’t been open long and they are strug­gling.

‘ The road looks re­ally well now though and progress has to hap­pen.’

An­other lo­cal busi­ness owner said that they def­i­nitely no­ticed a dip in busi­ness while road­works were out­side their premises but said that things have now re­turned to nor­mal.

‘We opened dur­ing the sum­mer so we had a few weeks to es­tab­lish our­selves be­fore the road­works started. In re­al­ity the road needed to be done so there was noth­ing we could do about it but I think the tim­ing wasn’t great. I don’t know why it couldn’t have been done when the schools closed rather than when they were re­open­ing.

‘It was dif­fi­cult for the time when the road works were right out­side and there was a drop in busi­nesses but af­ter those two weeks things picked up again and we are back to nor­mal now.

‘We had been kept in­formed about the works and I had made quite a few calls to the coun­cil prior to the works start­ing so at least we knew what to ex­pect. We got reg­u­lar up­dates about the progress which was help­ful.

‘Ul­ti­mately the road needed to be done and it’s a great job now but I do think the tim­ing of the works could have been bet­ter.’

A num­ber of busi­nesses in The Duffry were neg­a­tively im­pacted by road­works out­side their premises.

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