Shoppers not put off by town centre roadworks

Gas works on Stamford High Street       Photo: SM240311-023ow
Gas works on Stamford High Street Photo: SM240311-023ow
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SHOPPERS say roadworks have not put them off coming to Stamford town centre.

The National Grid began essential work to replace gas mains in Stamford High Street last week. Many traders voiced concerns about the timing of the work.

Stamford Chamber of Commerce president Tim Lee is happy with how the work is going.

He said: “Stamford is definitely open for business and there is no reason why people should stay away.

“There is plenty of parking and plenty of room for pedestrians, and there is lots of space between the work and the shops so there is very little inconvenience being caused.

“The work has been planned well. National Grid has linked up with Central Networks who are carrying out some electrical work outside New Look this week. It makes much more sense to get any work done now while the High Street is being dug up.”

Yesterday saw hundreds of shoppers enjoying the warm weather on the High Street. Most were not bothered by the works dotted up and down the road.

Paul Robinson, 72 of Main Street, Empingham, said: “The work hasn’t put me off at all. In fact, I’m pleasantly surprised with how quickly they have been moving down the street.”

Sarah Patterson, 55, of Golsdmith’s Lane, Stamford, said: “I’m very happy with how it’s being done. I will be phoning the National Grid to compliment them on how efficiently they are carrying out the work.”

Even visitors from outside the area were not phased. William Connell, 64, from Leeds, said: “It’s not caused me any inconvenience at all. I have come down on a bus tour and I’m enjoying the town a lot.

“The brass band is having to battle against the sound of the drills but apart from that everything is fine.”

The £92,000 project is scheduled to last another six weeks and will clash with the Mid Lent Fair, which takes place from April 4 to 9.

Lincolnshire County Council officers met with the National Grid and Central Networks today to plan for the event.

Adam Freear, senior highways officer, said: “When we scheduled the works to be carried out by the National Grid and Central Networks, we were aware that we’d need to reassess the traffic management measures during the Mid Lent Fair.

“We will meet the two companies on Friday to finalise these plans, and will inform the Stamford Chamber of Commerce and the town council.”