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Grangemouth boss slams timing of road closures

Jack Blair of C&C Kitchens in Grangemouths Earlsgates Park is fed up with the continuing roadworks. Picture: Michael Gillen (141052d)

Jack Blair of C&C Kitchens in Grangemouths Earlsgates Park is fed up with the continuing roadworks. Picture: Michael Gillen (141052d)

 

A kitchen firm boss claims roadworks have hit his business because he has lost out on passing trade.

Jack Blair of C&C Kitchens said his premises in Earlsgate Park, Grangemouth had become an “isolated island”

Business has been so badly affected he questioned the rationale of having two major projects taking place around the same time.

Falkirk Council’s TIF (Tax Incremental Funding) cash to improve the district’s infrastructure is paying for the upgrading of the Earlsgate Roundabout with Beancross Road affected.

It is going to be shut at one end until August as Network Rail take forward electrification work and replace the bridge over the nearby railway.

Mr Blair said: “It’s been awful. We moved here from Longcroft last year because we thought it was the ideal location and would give us a good profile.

“Unfortunately, nobody can see us at the moment because they aren’t driving past. Our type of business relies on people being aware of where we are and then when they want a new kitchen remember where they saw us.

“At the moment, it’s almost impossible to find us. We’ve become an isolated island.”

Mr Blair, who employs about a dozen staff, said: “I can’t believe the council allowed these two major projects to go ahead at the same time.”

A Falkirk Council spokesperson said: “There are a number of large infrastructure projects taking place across the Falkirk Council area which will unavoidably cause some disruption.

“A lot of partnership planning went into these projects to make sure delays and disruption to the public were minimised. The availability of funding for Network Rail’s electrification of the main Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line and the Council’s TIF project has controlled the timescale of these projects.

“Extensive notification was also given to residents and businesses, including those in Earlsgate Park, by the council and Network Rail in advance of the works taking place.”

 

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