Pub’s trade hit by town roadworks

Scott Wanless of the 19th Hole pub beside the roadworks that have blocked the street outside
Scott Wanless of the 19th Hole pub beside the roadworks that have blocked the street outside

A Buxton landlord has spoken of his frustration after roadworks near his pub hit him hard in the pocket.

Scott Wanless, who runs the 19th Hole, said he was losing £200 a day last week while the work was taking place. His frustrations were further compounded when he contacted Severn Trent Water about the emergency works, because no-one had worked on them for three days.

He said: “The roadworks started last Monday and when I contacted the company I was told the emergency repairs had been completed by Tuesday and the hole just needed back filling. But nobody worked on it at all on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

“I was promised it would be cleared by the time the pub opened at 3pm on Friday but that didn’t happen.

“I fully appreciate the work has got to be done but when it affects local businesses and residents, they should be making sure it’s a priority and is finished as quickly as possible.”

The road was half opened by Monday evening with the works being completely cleared by Tuesday, but Scott’s business was hit hard.

“It did affect business. I’ve been losing about £200 a day,” he added.

“To get to the pub, people were having to go all the way round. Elderly people who were coming to us by taxi were having to pay an extra £4 or were getting dropped off at Selectatyre and having to walk.

“Even for me to just nip to Morrisons or into town, I was having to go all the way round.

“I had a band performing on Saturday night, The Vipers, and it’s usually completely rammed when they’re on. We were busy but it was nothing like it usually is.

“We’ve lost over £1,000 compared to our usual average takings. I’m still waiting for someone from Severn Trent Water to contact me about the lost revenue as well.”

A spokesperson for Severn Trent Water said the work carried out by their contractors Kier, was to repair a collapsed sewer.

They apologised for any inconvenience caused and added that they will be in contact with Scott about the issues he raised.