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Paisley business owners at “wits’ end” with continual roadworks

Local business owners are at their “wits’ end” and insist continual roadworks on Paisley streets are impacting on trade. Ongoing works in Well Street, Wellmeadow Street and Underwood Lane are making businesses’ lives a misery as they struggle to “get a turn”. Graeme McGinlay of Graeme’s Butchers in Well Street says that the area has now been victim to three separate rounds of roadworks since December and, not only are they causing “traffic chaos”, he claims they are now impacting his business. Graeme told the Paisley Daily Express : “It’s absolute carnage out there. “There are lights and barriers all up the street – it’s an absolute scene. “Not only are the roads and pavements all dug up causing traffic jams everywhere causing lengthy delays, we’ve not had any notice regarding any of these works. “There are cars queued up the street and we can’t get any deliveries in or out. Customers can’t get near or simply don’t want to deal with the roadworks and the chaos in the area, so they aren’t coming. “I’m really at my wits’ end now. We just can’t seem to get a turn.” The Express previously reported how the west end of Paisley will be transformed as part of the regeneration masterplan set out by the council and its housing association partner Sanctuary Scotland. Around 150 new private and social homes are set to be developed as part of a plan to breathe new life into the neighbourhood and create stronger links to the town centre. Phase one of the plan is currently underway but Graeme says he and the shops nearby are struggling to “see light at the end of the tunnel”. “Last week we had traffic lights because of the removal of an ornate iron cross during the demolition of the tenement block at the corner of Well Street and Underwood Lane,” Graeme added. “This week, it’s Openreach and SGN on the street digging up pavements and sets of traffic lights everywhere. “And this is all off the back of the three-week road closures and works in December because of the gas leak. It is constant works up here and it’s constant chaos. “It is affecting us all – the hairdressers, the fruit shop, the wee grocery shop – and we’ve all just to accept it.” Strawberry Fields owner Louisa Donohoe says the works in the area are “constant”. She added: “I understand works need to be done but the place is chaos and it’s impacting the numbers we have through the door.” A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The building at 22 Well Street and 1 Underwood Lane is subject to a dangerous building notice and the demolition is necessary for safety reasons. “Due to the emergency nature of the works, the council was unable to inform residents and local businesses in advance. The works will be carried out as quickly as possible. The road is open with temporary traffic lights and access to premises maintained. “BT Openreach have recently conducted emergency works to repair cables and have responsibility to notify local residents and businesses.” Openreach has confirmed it carried out “emergency works” to repair a faulty underground cable with the project taking less time than planned. A spokesperson said: “Our engineers are working on Wellmeadow Street to urgently repair a faulty underground cable. “We realised that this cable could easily disrupt broadband for local homes and businesses at any point, so needed to get it repaired quickly. “We’re sorry this has caused disruption to traffic in the local area, but we need temporary lights to make sure our engineers can work safely. “The good news is that they’re making good progress and hope to get the repair finished sooner than expected.” Don’t miss the latest Renfrewshire headlines –sign up to our free daily newsletter here

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