March 14 2014 Latest news:
Monday, February 24, 2014
Businesses in Cromer have expressed their concern about the two-week road closure in the town’s busy Mount Street.
Traffic has been diverted via Vicarage Road while builders construct a pedestrian crossing on the east end of Mount Street.
And retained-firefighter David Cooper, 42, of Canada Road, said he was worried about delays in case of an emergency.
He said: “We have to get to from our houses to the station before we can go out.
“And we have to go with the traffic which means the fire truck may be delayed.”
Lee Black, who owns Cromer Furniture on Mount Street, said business had been slower with the road closure outside his shop.
He said: “It was only last year they resurfaced all the road.
“It is annoying, especially on a day like this when the weather is good.”
But president of Cromer’s Chamber of Trade, Tracey Khalil, said Cromer was still open for business.
She said: “It will benefit everybody in the long run, particularly pedestrians, at what is a very busy crossing.
“The road diversion is a bit of a disruption for some residents but that is the nature of our road system.
“I know everybody will be knocking it but it has to be done — thank goodness they started it out of season.”
And John Mezzetti, 43, owner of Fighting Fit Marshall Arts and Fitness Gym said: “We are not too concerned, most people who come here can still get through, it just takes them a bit longer.”
A local diversion will be in place for light vehicles, via Vicarage Road, Colne Road and The Croft.
Buses will be able to use this route but other HGVs will not be permitted. They will be diverted via the A140 through Roughton and the B1436 through Felbrigg before reaching Cromer on the A148 Holt Road, and vice versa.
Access to properties and businesses within the limit of the works will be maintained from one end
of the closure at any time.
The work, costing £16,000, will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Transport and Development Department and their contractors.