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Cryers Hill businesses say they are stranded due to road works
A GARAGE owner has said he has been left stranded with no customers able to bring their cars in as road works take place.
The works by Transport for Buckinghamshire started yesterday on Cryers Hill Road and officials said it would be between Valley Road and Cryers Hill Lane.
But Mike Joiner from M&D Cars in Cryers Hill Road said the closure is up to Cockpit Road in Great Kingshill, and his business, the White Lion Pub and the Post Office have felt like they have been on an island.
He said: "They have completely isolated us. They have shut the road off so nobody can get to us. We were isolated all day yesterday with no traffic through whatsoever.
"I had two people yesterday trying to pick their cars up... they had to walk from Cockpit Road down to us.
"When they picked their cars up they go abuse from the workmen saying they couldn't go down the road."
Mr Joiner said Cryers Hill Lane and Four Ashes Road were also closed.
He said they had no warning about the closures and they had cars booked in yesterday for MOTs and services who could not make it to the mechanics.
Mr Joiner also said diversion signs are hopeless. He said the council should have completed the works in two parts.
He added: "We are an island at the moment because no-one can get to us."
BCC said the work is being done to improve the condition of the road in order to prolong its life.
The work is expected to take seven to eight days to complete excluding the weekend.
The work will be done using a 24-hour road closure.
Lucy Granger from the White Lion Pub said: "We didn't have any customers yesterday lunch time at all. They couldn't get in- they were being turned away. There were people booked in for lunch."
She complained that council workers have not put up a sign to let people know businesses are open as usual.
She added: "The Post Office has suffered big time. They weren't even getting their deliveries."
Dan Elworthy, from Transport for Buckinghamshire, said: "Whenever major re-surfacing work takes place that involves a road or lane closure, we always issue notification in the form of a letter to all affected properties and businesses where the work will be taking place. We also place advance warning signs on site to advise of forth coming or imminent work. In this instance, the procedure of issuing the letter was followed and all properties affected by this work were hand delivered a letter informing them of the dates and times of any road closures. The letter was sent out one week prior before the work was due to start.
"We have also been in conversation, in person and by phone with the affected businesses in this area.
"Unfortunately, with the nature of some of the re-surfacing work we carry out, for safety reasons there will be requirements to close roads for the work to be completed. We always try to minimise the impact these closures have on local businesses and residents. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused."
Further information about the closures can be found on TfB's Service Information Centre at www.buckscc.gov.uk/transport
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