A SHOP owner on a sinking Wigan street has called for more communication to let shoppers know he’s open for his busiest day of the year.
Paul Dolman of Static Records on Hallgate hopes his business will be booming on Saturday to mark Record Store Day.
But he fears it won’t be the same as previous annual celebrations due to the road being closed for nearly five months after a burst water main caused part of the pavement and road to fall several feet.
Paul said: “It just feels like it’s never ending. And we have no idea of what will happen or when the works will stop.
“And I feel there could be more help from the authorities in letting customers know that we are still open.
“It’s rattled so many businesses and confidence has dipped as the footfall has definitely dropped.
“We’re mainly affected when there is heavy machinery as it’s noisy and disruptive, I’m just hoping this isn’t the case on Saturday. Fingers crossed it will be a lovely sunny day for Record Store Day which will draw people in.”
Owner of Select Cafe Howard Gallimore agrees and also said he can’t see an end to the problems.
He added: “We have been disrupted so much by the works and have lost a lot of custom from many places.
“From the top of the road it looks like the whole street is closed so many have thought they’re unable to walk down the street and so we are bypassed.
“But you just have to do your best and get on with it in the environment you’re in. We’re still operating our businesses so we just hope conditions improve soon.”
Initially many businesses had to close including the popular Cutting Rooms hairdressers.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel as the council claims work should be completed by the weekend.
Mark Tilley, Wigan Council’s assistant director for infrastructure, said: “A leak on Hallgate last year meant that major work had to be carried out by United Utilities. After that was completed United Utilities discovered a second issue caused by a leak and work is now being undertaken on this.
“We have been communicating regularly with United Utilities and they have informed us that they aim to have this work completed by the weekend.
“We understand the frustration of businesses on Hallgate and we hope that after this latest work is completed they are able to get back to business as usual.”