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Fears road closure affecting trade

PUBLISHED: 10:08 28 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 03 July 2010

The boss of a clothing supply firm claims businesses are being seriously hindered by the continued closure of a road following a fire more than five weeks ago.

The boss of a clothing supply firm claims businesses are being seriously hindered by the continued closure of a road following a fire more than five weeks ago.

The blaze that hit the former premises of Hawthorn Research, in Admiralty Road, Great Yarmouth, left only one badly-bowed wall standing and, because that has been declared a dangerous structure, Battery Road, which it overlooks, cannot reopen until it has been demolished.

Chris Ashdown, managing director of Internet Workwear, said the closure of the road at its Admiralty Road end had effectively turned it into a cul-de-sac only accessible from Swanston Road.

“It has created a real bottleneck. This is a busy industrial area. We have four major delivery firms bringing us and taking away supplies on a daily basis and other firms, including British Metal Treatments, also have a lot of deliveries,” he said.

“Articulated lorries have to reverse down the narrow road and often find their way blocked. Sometimes they have to unload the parcels and carry them to us along the last bit of the road.”

He pointed out the dangers of vehicles reversing and said the side of at least one car had been scraped.

Mr Ashdown, who has expanded his business since moving it from his home in Ormesby in 2005, said each time he had inquired when the dangerous wall would be demolished, he had faced a wall of bureaucracy.

A county council spokesman said it could not repair and reopen the road until the wall had been dealt with.

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