Staff hours reduced and profits down as Morecambe businesses suffer

by Gary West


The owner of a Morecambe cake shop has said that the pavement works on Euston Road in the town, have forced her to reduce staff hours.

Margaret Driver, who runs Jerome Celebration Cakes on Euston Road, and has been in the confectionery business for more than 30 years in the town, says she is losing around £500 per week.

Ms Driver, 64, said: "The work is ridiculous, its doesn't need to be done. it's horrendous, I love Morecambe and have been here for 36 years, but this is so frustrating."

She added: "The work started a few months ago, and we were told that it would have been finished in June. I just can't see an end to it. People coming out of the Arndale Centre can't even see the shop because of the fencing and equipment.

"Why they keep swapping from here to Queen Street without finishing one job first is beyond me. I only knew the work was happening when I saw the signs outside."

It is a similar story on Queen Street in the town. Laura Heywood, the owner of Sunflowers sandwich shop, said that the work has been going on since April.

Ms Heywood said: "I received a letter telling me about the work, but even then, the work started late. The signs saying when the work was due to finish said June 2 first, and then June 9, which is still the case even though we are in July.

"I am losing £100 a day and have had to cut staff hours from 30 a week to 20."

Ms Driver said that she didn't receive any letter from the council, informing her of the work.

Councillor Janice Hanson, who has a responsibility for economic regeneration, said: "Regenerating Morecambe, and in particular the town centre, is a key priority for the city council.

"These works, along with the other successful improvements to the town centre and seafront, will bring long term benefits to businesses by improving trading conditions and increasing footfall.

"We are sorry for any disruption whilst this work is ongoing, however access to individual businesses during trading hours has been maintained throughout."

Manager of Morecambe BID John O'Neill said: "I have heard that Queen Street should be open by the end of June, and Euston Road by the third week of July.

"The work should have been finished by now, so it is disappointing that it has taken so long."

He added: "The project will make the town more attractive, and will boost businesses ultimately, as more people will want to visit Morecambe."

Friday, July 7, 2017 at 4:12PM
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