Winchcombe traders blame roadworks for a loss in profits

Traders in a Gloucestershire town have blamed a lengthy spell of roadworks for a drop in business and are seeking compensation as a result.

Some Winchcombe shopkeepers claim their profits have halved as a result of six months of roadworks in the town centre.

Wales and West Utilities said the work was essential to the safety of homes and businesses in the town and insisted it was progressing to schedule.

Work will be suspended in the run-up to Christmas but will continue in January.

Mark Newsum, who runs Newsum Antiques on the High Street, said it had been "chaos" with a noticeable drop in passing trade.

The same was said by Gay Fryer, who runs the Sue Ryder Care shop on North Street, who also blamed parking issues for a drop in donations.

Wales and West has asked any traders looking for compensation to check the details on its website.

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