ROADWORKS which are set to last for nearly a year will have a ‘devastating’ impact on a Burton business, its owner fears.
Karl Thibert, who runs Highridge Computers Ltd, believes 47 weeks of work in Tutbury Road could signal the end of his enterprise, which is the only store along that stretch of road.
As well as bracing himself to lose out on a considerable amount of passing trade, Mr Thibert has been dealt an extra blow after being told he would not receive any compensation for lost earnings.
A new roundabout is to be created and pedestrian crossings installed to support the 500-home development at Glenville Farm, while the new St Modwen’s school is also being built in the area, with work set to begin on Monday.
Staffordshire County Council has insisted that access to businesses will be maintained throughout the process, but Mr Thibert is fearing the worst.
He said: “It is going to be devastating for us. We will be lucky if we are still here and the end of it.”
He said his business benefited from its position at a main junction where people will often spot it while driving past.
He believes the addition of a roundabout could also work against him.
Mr Thibert said: “The traffic is going to be chaos, people will avoid that junction and, as a consequence, we will lose trade.
“I can’t see any benefits for us at all. It isn’t the first time work has been done at the junction. Seven years ago the junction was realigned and it affected us then.
“The work doesn’t give us any benefits, in fact it does the opposite. At the moment there are two rows of cars at traffic lights with nothing to do but sit and look around. When there is a roundabout they won’t stop and think ‘I didn’t realise there was a computer shop there’.
“There are no advantages – this will be disastrous for us.”