Roundabout roadworks are killing off our trade

Ben Livings and fellow traders at the units near Sadlers Farm

Ben Livings and fellow traders at the units near Sadlers Farm

First published in Local News

BUSINESSES near the Sadlers Farm roundabout say the roadworks are killing their trade.

The Sadlers Hall Farm Shop in London Road, is closing for good this week while scores of other businesses are feeling the strain of changes to the major road layout.

Traffic ground to a halt earlier this month as the five mini roundabouts were replaced with a one-lane roundabout, causing up to two-mile tailbacks, forcing motorists to seek refuge on the A127.

Furious business owners claim this and the overrunning roadworks are driving away customers from the light industrial estate, with many considering relocating altogether if trade does not pick up.

Ben Livings, 36, owner of Sadlers Farm Office Furniture, said: “Business is absolutely horrendous. People are avoiding Sadlers Farm like the plague since they changed the layout.

“All we are trying to do is earn a living, and these roadworks are causing us a nightmare.

“It is nowhere near finished. They look like they will last another six months, so its not going to get better any time soon.

“The butchers next door is shutting this week because things are so bad, which is such a shame. He has been here longer than me.

“I have heard rumours three or four others might have to do the same.”

This comes after claims Essex County Council announced business owners would not receive any compensation for the disruption as access to the site has remained open throughout the scheme.

Paul Gibson, owner of C&G Plumbing, who was considering closing last August because of the roadworks, said: “Things are so bad we might as well not be here.

“We have considered shutting up shop, but time and time again we keep hanging on hoping things will improve but they just don’t.

“The queues around here are just horrendous, so more and more people are avoiding the A13.

“I just think it is disgusting the county council is not offering us any compensation for all these problems, not even just waiving the rent charges for a few months.

“We all just feel totally betrayed by them.”

Roadworks at the busy Benfleet roundabout, which links the A13 and A130, started in June 2010 and were originally scheduled to finish on Saturday.

Concerns have been raised that the project is months behind as Essex County Council has refused to give a definitive date of when the work will be finished.

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1:28pm Fri 30 Mar 12

alongtheway says...

Like the present Government, Essex County Council is drifting like a terd on the water
Like the present Government, Essex County Council is drifting like a terd on the water alongtheway
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1:39pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Biffo-bear says...

We're all sick of this debacle. The work should have been finished by now, someone's head should roll for this.
We're all sick of this debacle. The work should have been finished by now, someone's head should roll for this. Biffo-bear
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1:55pm Fri 30 Mar 12

VANGE LES says...

Shouldn't they have been moaning about this 18 months ago when the work started, not waiting till its nearly completed.
Shouldn't they have been moaning about this 18 months ago when the work started, not waiting till its nearly completed. VANGE LES
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2:05pm Fri 30 Mar 12

turtlemanor says...

this is not just buisnesses at sadlers farm the whole area are losing trade more so in benfleet. they say the games are going to bring trade and the new road, all this will do is make the area a bypass it will take years to get back loss of profit, but so what it looks good to the rest of the world
this is not just buisnesses at sadlers farm the whole area are losing trade more so in benfleet. they say the games are going to bring trade and the new road, all this will do is make the area a bypass it will take years to get back loss of profit, but so what it looks good to the rest of the world turtlemanor
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2:20pm Fri 30 Mar 12

AndyBSG says...

VANGE LES wrote:
Shouldn't they have been moaning about this 18 months ago when the work started, not waiting till its nearly completed.
No, because 18 months ago when they were told the impact of the work they weren't told the truth just as they weren't told the truth about how badly the project is overrunning
[quote][p][bold]VANGE LES[/bold] wrote: Shouldn't they have been moaning about this 18 months ago when the work started, not waiting till its nearly completed.[/p][/quote]No, because 18 months ago when they were told the impact of the work they weren't told the truth just as they weren't told the truth about how badly the project is overrunning AndyBSG
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2:25pm Fri 30 Mar 12

bob7 says...

I remember this being brought up before. I must admit I only ever go to the butchers there at Christmas as he does some nice turkey products. Sorry I didn't support him more.
I remember this being brought up before. I must admit I only ever go to the butchers there at Christmas as he does some nice turkey products. Sorry I didn't support him more. bob7
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3:18pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Brunning999 says...

Feel sorry for them, I support anyone that is working hard these days trying to earn a living and paying taxes to support 1000's of unworthy benefit scroungers.
Feel sorry for them, I support anyone that is working hard these days trying to earn a living and paying taxes to support 1000's of unworthy benefit scroungers. Brunning999
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4:22pm Fri 30 Mar 12

MilesBond says...

This attempt by traders to extort money from the councils makes me sick. There's a recession on drrrrrrrrrrr! Of course takings are down etc. Do these hard done by traders propose that when business is good they pay more money to the council as it obviously they that influence such matters. get a life!
This attempt by traders to extort money from the councils makes me sick. There's a recession on drrrrrrrrrrr! Of course takings are down etc. Do these hard done by traders propose that when business is good they pay more money to the council as it obviously they that influence such matters. get a life! MilesBond
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4:34pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Bernard Fatsack says...

Correct me but is the Olympic cycling a 3 day event in the 6 week Olympic calendar ?
These road works seem a trifle over the top for 3 days worth of increased traffic. Poor traders like everyone nearby have suffered with the gridlock.
Correct me but is the Olympic cycling a 3 day event in the 6 week Olympic calendar ? These road works seem a trifle over the top for 3 days worth of increased traffic. Poor traders like everyone nearby have suffered with the gridlock. Bernard Fatsack
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4:55pm Fri 30 Mar 12

GentleGiant says...

Has Tracy Chapman resigned yet?

She is a disgrace the this county
Has Tracy Chapman resigned yet? She is a disgrace the this county GentleGiant
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5:03pm Fri 30 Mar 12

firedog says...

I went there once,shops were expensive and scruffy.So it isnt
the roadworks that put me off.
Shops are facing hard times
everywhere,its the recession!
I went there once,shops were expensive and scruffy.So it isnt the roadworks that put me off. Shops are facing hard times everywhere,its the recession! firedog
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9:13pm Fri 30 Mar 12

beaulocks says...

Brunning999 wrote:
Feel sorry for them, I support anyone that is working hard these days trying to earn a living and paying taxes to support 1000's of unworthy benefit scroungers.
How are they working hard?
Read article properly they have no customers. Their milk, sugar and tea bags bill gone up but cant see anything else council shouls give compo for. Brunning get a grip u keep posting weird comments they aint had it this eaSY FOR YEARS.
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: Feel sorry for them, I support anyone that is working hard these days trying to earn a living and paying taxes to support 1000's of unworthy benefit scroungers.[/p][/quote]How are they working hard? Read article properly they have no customers. Their milk, sugar and tea bags bill gone up but cant see anything else council shouls give compo for. Brunning get a grip u keep posting weird comments they aint had it this eaSY FOR YEARS. beaulocks
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9:15pm Fri 30 Mar 12

beaulocks says...

Brunning999 wrote:
Feel sorry for them, I support anyone that is working hard these days trying to earn a living and paying taxes to support 1000's of unworthy benefit scroungers.
Also, when did you last use the butchers? Well before the last time u used Tesco i guess.
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: Feel sorry for them, I support anyone that is working hard these days trying to earn a living and paying taxes to support 1000's of unworthy benefit scroungers.[/p][/quote]Also, when did you last use the butchers? Well before the last time u used Tesco i guess. beaulocks
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7:28pm Sat 31 Mar 12

Southend65 says...

GentleGiant wrote:
Has Tracy Chapman resigned yet?

She is a disgrace the this county
You could always email her at :

cllr.tracey.chapman@
essex.gov.uk

I doubt if she'll reply though as she's probably too busy picking up her £11,500 per annum "basic" expense allowance and her £35,310 per annum "special responsibility allowance".

I guess it finances a nice pad in Paglesham.
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: Has Tracy Chapman resigned yet? She is a disgrace the this county[/p][/quote]You could always email her at : cllr.tracey.chapman@ essex.gov.uk I doubt if she'll reply though as she's probably too busy picking up her £11,500 per annum "basic" expense allowance and her £35,310 per annum "special responsibility allowance". I guess it finances a nice pad in Paglesham. Southend65
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9:38am Sun 1 Apr 12

soul man says...

i'm losing money on petrol due to the time it takes to get through the roadworks as is everyone else no doubt, the shops are not the only ones losing out, the only winners are the companies on the project, dragging their heels to extend the job even longer, pull your fingers out you slugs and get it done
i'm losing money on petrol due to the time it takes to get through the roadworks as is everyone else no doubt, the shops are not the only ones losing out, the only winners are the companies on the project, dragging their heels to extend the job even longer, pull your fingers out you slugs and get it done soul man
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