Billericay road works could affect evening trade

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A CENTRAL Billericay road is scheduled to be re-surfaced in the next few weeks, with concerns of the effect it will have on night-time trade.

Billericay High Street will be re-surfaced, after years of campaigning from councillors, with the road being shut between Sun Street and Radford Way between Monday, February 4 and Wednesday, February 6.

The road will be closed between 8pm and 5am for three nights, weather permitting, and road users will be diverted down the nearby A129 Mountnessing Road and Radford Way.

Antonio Viscariello, is the manager of La Toscana restaurant in the High Street and he said he had no idea the works were planned.

“It will certainly affect us. We need to park and our customers need to park as well and they travel from Basildon, Brentwood and other areas. If there are large machines outside then people won’t want to sit and have a meal as it will be so loud so that will ruin our passing trade."

The manager of Chimichanga in the High Street said he didn’t feel the plans would affect trade too much.

“To be honest if the works had to be done this is the time. The start of the week is always a bit quieter for us and we have the majority of our bookings before 8 o’clock. Hopefully it won’t affect us but you never know.”

Tony Hedley, Essex County Councillor and Billericay District councillor, says the news is excellent for Billericay as the roads had taken a real battering after the snow struck last week.

“This is extremely positive. If some restaurants are concerned about trade it will only be for a very short period so short cause minimal disruption. There will still be parking access available so I would hope it doesn’t put off customers. Billericay’s night-life is crucial to the town’s success so I am sure it will continue to get the support it needs.”

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1:00pm Mon 28 Jan 13

EthanEdwards says...

£5 says the newly laid surface will be dug up and badly bodged patched within a month by BT or Centrica or some other lot.
£5 says the newly laid surface will be dug up and badly bodged patched within a month by BT or Centrica or some other lot. EthanEdwards
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1:06pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Cosmo Spring says...

this'll be a blow to the 24 hour pizza business.....
this'll be a blow to the 24 hour pizza business..... Cosmo Spring
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2:25pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Woodenspoon says...

Do these people want the road resurfaced or just left the way it is???
Just be thankful that it is being done and shut the hell up about it!! So what if a small amount of business is affected, its all part of life. Would they prefer that it was done during the day time???

Some people seriously need to get a grip on the real world and take a step back and look at the bigger picture rather than just worrying about themselves for a change.
Do these people want the road resurfaced or just left the way it is??? Just be thankful that it is being done and shut the hell up about it!! So what if a small amount of business is affected, its all part of life. Would they prefer that it was done during the day time??? Some people seriously need to get a grip on the real world and take a step back and look at the bigger picture rather than just worrying about themselves for a change. Woodenspoon
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3:16pm Mon 28 Jan 13

billericay boy says...

If its anything like what they did to my road, I suggest they leave well alone. Ecc did say to me with the money they have got to spend its the best they can do... I'm still waiting for them to come back and flatten it out.
If its anything like what they did to my road, I suggest they leave well alone. Ecc did say to me with the money they have got to spend its the best they can do... I'm still waiting for them to come back and flatten it out. billericay boy
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3:55pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Alan Jacobs says...

At least it's getting done at last. 3 nights of restrictions in the quietest month of the year is perfectly acceptable.
Meanwhile however the National Grid for gas seems intent to inflict long term chaos on anywhere between Brentwood and Billericay with roadworks just about anywhere you can point a stick at..................
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At least it's getting done at last. 3 nights of restrictions in the quietest month of the year is perfectly acceptable. Meanwhile however the National Grid for gas seems intent to inflict long term chaos on anywhere between Brentwood and Billericay with roadworks just about anywhere you can point a stick at.................. ..... Alan Jacobs
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5:28pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Lol YOU GOOTO LAFF
Lol YOU GOOTO LAFF Carnabackable
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6:18pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Cosmo Spring says...

what has old Terry MaHatMan Gandy got to say about it?
what has old Terry MaHatMan Gandy got to say about it? Cosmo Spring
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