Local Shop Owners Out Of Business For Ten Weeks

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Photo Credit: Daphine Bikaba

Cannon Street in Preston, Lancashire is currently closed and will see its pavements completely removed and replaced with one single surface after the makeover started on February 16.

The road works, which are costing thousands of pounds aim to create more space for pedestrians and encourage motorists to slow down and give way along the road.

Owner of European Fine Arts & Antiques shop, Brian Beck said: “It’s Chaos. I’ve had customers and, while I’ve been able to make some sales, the roadworks are off-putting.  Unfortunately, we’ve had to suffer and we’ve not been compensated for it.”

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Photo Credit: Daphine Bikaba

The scheme, which is partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the Townscape Initiative comes after Winckley Square was given a revamp.

Grants Officer at the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, Ana Osborne said: “The project aims to improve the historical features of Preston City Centre.”

Following the successful new look of Fishergate road, Cannon Street hopes to follow in the same steps in attracting new businesses and more shoppers for its local traders.

Waitress at the Thai Orchid restaurant, Nisaria said: “Since the work has started business has been quite quiet, but it’s fine because I don’t think the ten weeks road closure will affect us too much.’

Cannon Street is currently a one way road from Cross Street to Fishergate shopping centre and access-only for cars.

One of our writers went to visit Cannon Street, check it out:

Written By Daphine Bikaba

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