LYME Regis traders have sent out a resounding message that the town is open for business despite disruptive road works.
Bridge Street in Lyme Regis has been closed for several weeks, first for maintenance to buildings damaged by heavy good vehicles attempting to navigate the narrow road, and now for essential gas works.
The closure has affected trade in the town centre, and local businesses are calling for residents and visitors to support them.
While traders accept that the work has to be carried out, they have expressed frustration at the way the closure has been handled and have called for better communication in the future.
Due to an admin error, many businesses did not receive a letter notifying them of the planned closure. They have also complained the signage in the town has been incorrect or confusing, showing different dates for closures and saying ‘car parks closed’ when only one car park was shut temporarily.
Local traders have said that space left on pavements during the closure has not been adequate, with signs and bollards often blocking access, and the space not being wide enough for mobility scooters.
Parking has also caused issues, with several vans and lorries parking for long periods in front of shops and businesses during the closure.
While some signs say the closure will remain in place until February 20, traders say they have now been told by workmen that Bridge Street should be re-opened by Saturday.
They have sent out a message that Lyme is definitely still open for business as usual, and are hoping residents and visitors can offer them support during this disruptive period.