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Roadworks and closures are hitting trade

PUBLISHED: 12:10 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:41 05 July 2010

A LEADING businessman claims extended roadworks and bridge closures at Lowestoft during 2007 led to a reduction in the number of shoppers visiting the town.

A LEADING businessman claims extended roadworks and bridge closures at Lowestoft during 2007 led to a reduction in the number of shoppers visiting the town.

Bruce Sturrock, chairman of Palmers of Great Yarmouth, which owns Chadds department store in London Road North,

said the reduced footfall had adversely affected sales.

This had led to the store being overstocked; a stock clearing bonanza, with prices reduced by up to 75pc, begins on Wednesday.

“Reduced sales are solely due to lack of footfall in the town centre,” said Mr Sturrock.

Other traders are reporting similar stories, he claimed.

Mr Sturrock is looking forward to the end of the bascule bridge closures next month when it is hoped shoppers will return to Lowestoft town centre in greater numbers. He believed the situation was made worse by the car park charges being increased by Waveney District Council.

From March 1, Chadds will be offering Journal readers an opportunity to reduce their car parking charges.

A special coupon is being printed in the edition of Friday, February 29, and customers spending £10 or more at Chadds can have the cost of two hours' parking refunded by presenting the coupon at pay desks.

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