Business down 50%

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Business down 50% thumbnailThe scene at the junction between the Frosses Road and the Drumadoon Road, which is currently closed as part of the roadworks associated with dualling project. Drumadoon Road is the main road into Cloughmills and local businesses are unhappy about the pro

THE MONTH long full closure of the main road into Cloughmills for A26 related road works has been blasted by a local businessman.
Mr Gareth Walker of Springhill Furnishings told the Chronicle that the village has been left like a "ghost town" since the Drumadoon Road closed over two weeks ago.
He claimed that other business along the road felt the same, adding that there had been poor notification prior to the closure.
The owner of the Drumadoon Restaurant and Hotel, Mr Nigel Burns has also revealed that his business is down 50% since the closure.
A Department of Infrastructure (D0I) spokesperson told the Chronicle the disruption to people and businesses had been considered and notification procedures had been followed.
Mr Walker said: "The impact on Cloughmills has been colossal, the village is a ghost town, Drumadoon Road is the main road in and out. They have diversion signs at Lisnasoo Road, but that's the back entrance to the village, you're past Cloughmills when you get to it. We're getting no passing trade at all, people are going on to Ballymena or Ballymoney."


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