Call for evening road works after business closure

A call has been made for major road works to be carried out in the evening after the closure of a business was blamed on road works.

A call has been made for major road works to be carried out in the evening after the closure of a business was blamed on road works.

The business in the Stranorlar electoral area closed last month and the owner has blamed road works which caused difficulty in accessing the premises.

Sinn Féin county councillor Cora Harvey raised the issue at the November meeting of the Stranorlar electoral area committee.

She said turnover had dropped by 50 per cent at the business before its closure and the owner blamed road work as customers could not get in to the premises.

Both herself and Cllr. Frank McBrearty had made representations about the issue and whether the claims were right or wrong, the issue needed to be looked at. “That poor man had invested a lot of money into the business and local jobs have been lost as well.

“I am calling on the council to contract road works to night time or quieter off peak traffic times if it is evident that businesses will be disrupted. Every effort should be made to avoid disruption to businesses and indeed road users. We have seen already in this county road works at night, so it can be done.

“It simply cannot happen again and the council needs to re-think on this issue and as Chair of the roads SPC, I will be calling on the council to devise working practice around this for the welfare of road users and for the local economy.”