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  • Council under fire for road closures

    Ollie Cowan

    SEFTON Council are closing Manchester Road for vital road repairs – but have come under fire by local businesses who are accusing the local authority of lacking in communication

    The Champion reported on the road closures in February, but worried businesses say the council have not done enough to let them know about what is going on.

    Council bosses have staunchly defended the works, saying that plenty of warning was given.

    A road closure will be in operation from May 2 to approximately May 19 to facilitate the road surfacing process.

    Manchester Road business owner Louise Hankinson said: “We are so concerned with the closure. How are businesses and residents supposed to carry on!

    “Businesses on Manchester Road have suffered trade loss over the last weeks due to the pavement works. Can the road not be replaced one side at a time?

    “We have not been given enough time to prepare for completely closing the road and it is going to put many business on the brink of closure.

    The works will see vital traffic signal improvements at the Manchester Road/Roe Lane junction, new footpaths, an upgrade to nearby bus stops and better road resurfacing.

    A spokesman for Sefton Council said: "Letters were sent out in February to residents and local businesses on Manchester Road outlining the works. Further correspondence will be going out in the coming days updating the scheme.

    “The contractors who are carrying out the highway enabling works, have a liaison officer, who has been available to meet up with residents and traders prior to and during the works programme.”


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