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Fiskerton pub owner’s anger at village roadworks ‘hindering his trade’

A Lincolnshire pub owner is frustrated with the county council, blaming roadworks in the area for negatively impacting his business. Andy Toone, 55, owner of The Carpenters Arms in Fiskerton, has criticised the council for exacerbating an already challenging January with roadworks that restrict access to his pub.

In the lead-up to Christmas, the West Lindsey village grappled with uncertainty due to Storm Babet, which inflicted damage along a 30-metre (98.4 feet) stretch of the River Witham. Around 70 households in the area were advised to evacuate due to the risk of the riverbank breaching, though many residents chose to remain in their homes.

Despite the riverbank successfully holding back the water, preventing flooding, Mr Toone believes that the media coverage of the evacuation severely impacted his business. He said: “It really hammered us because people thought the village was cut off.”

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On Friday, January 19, Lincolnshire County Council placed temporary roadworks on Fiskerton’s High Street, down the road from The Carpenters Arms, effectively blocking one of the two routes into the village. Andy asserts that this further aggravated the already challenging situation for his business.

“In this trade, you make your money in December and accept that January is a bit quiet,” he continued. “We didn’t have a great Christmas because of the possibility of flooding, so January is really starting to hit us.

“We don’t need roads closed when we’re trying to get people here.”

The landlord further pointed out that he received no prior notification before the roadworks were implemented outside his establishment and that no one knows how long they will be there for. He also mentioned that even residents have cancelled dinner reservations in the past week, deterred by the longer drive caused by the diversion route.

“It’s tough when there aren’t many roads into the village and one of them is blocked off,” Andy added. “It’s a strange one. It’s not crucified us, but it’s not helped our business at all.”



Roadworks on High Street, Fiskerton
Roadworks on High Street, Fiskerton

Lincolnshire County Council noted that the work was finished on Friday, the day the roadworks commenced, but the signage indicating the road closure was only being removed on Tuesday, January 23.

An LCC spokesperson explained: “The roadworks were a large patching job to address defects in the road near to a crossing point. This work was carried out and completed as quickly as possible to avoid as much disruption as possible.

“With works of this nature where the road surface is improved there will be some traffic lights in place to protect the crew whilst working and allow the surface to cure and harden for a relatively short period of time. Whilst that is ongoing, the traffic management will be kept as free-flowing as it can.

“The improvement to the road surface that we have carried out will be a benefit for all who use that area.”

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