Dunchurch still open for business despite crossroads chaos
Village traders need customers to continue their support of Dunchurch businesses
BUSINESSES in the heart of Dunchurch are still open despite long traffic delays caused by work on the Dun Cow crossroads.
But the parish council has urged customers not to be put off by the crossroads chaos.
Some business owners worry that the added travel disruption could be the death knell for village traders.
Steve Bennett, owner of the Green Man pub, posted on Facebook: “[The] Green Man is suffering to the point it's not economical to stay open [and] will have to close and lay all staff off just after struggling to get [out] of [the] pandemic and furlough finishing September. Not good planning.”
And florist Anne-Marie Robinson-Gall posted in response for a request for temporary parking spaces: “[There is] no spare [parking] for the general public - they could use the cricket field and walk into the village if they are able and of course if it's nice weather but now we have seen a massive weather change this week that won't be a popular choice...the village is dead ..very sad state...not fair to traders at all.”
Many village residents have been taking to social media to complain about the disruption caused and problems with drivers jumping red lights at the four-way signals.
Dunchurch parish council chair Tracey Price posted on Facebook on Thursday: “Please bear with us as we try to mediate and sort the teething issues with the roadworks. I am meeting the contractor and will continue to liaise and assist with any issues. We will liaise with Warwickshire Police if the red light queue jumping continues. It is dangerous and a threat to life.
“Yes the lights are operated by WiFi but it’s not the signal that is the issue - it’s the drivers driving through on red causing the lights to reset themselves as it is a safety issue.
“Signage will be going up on all four main roads to say businesses are open as usual and I would urge businesses to make full use of social media and usual means of publicity to advertise that fact.
“Monday was awful. We all got caught up and experienced the problems. This was rectified Tuesday lunchtime.
“We can’t stop the work but we can try to make it go as smoothly as possible. It’s a major road construction not filling in some holes. The constructors are working as fast and efficiently as they can to get the work done as soon as possible.”
Members of the parish council are looking for alternative parking for people wanting to visit shops in the village.
The roadworks began on Monday 27th September 2021 and could continue for 18 weeks.