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Delay to Market Place project
WORKS in the market square in Salisbury have been delayed but city leaders say the work is still due to be completed by mid to late September.
The multi-million pound revamp in the city is being conducted in three phases, with the Guildhall Square already complete and phase two, now due to be finished on August 24.
Phase three will then begin and will finish in time for a vintage fair and jazz performance on September 27. A heritage trail and final installation of street furniture such as lighting and benches will take place after the resurfacing.
Wiltshire councillor Richard Clewer, who has overseen the project from the beginning, said: “There is a small delay of somewhere around ten days. There have been rumours that it is running around ten weeks late and even six months behind schedule but this is not true. “There are two reasons for the delay – the first is in order to minimise the impact on local traders the contractors have been working in three or four chunks, which means moving the barriers each time as the completed areas are opened up.
“And the other reason is, although a survey of the drains was done prior to the work, when we got into them, there was a little more work that needed doing than expected.”
Business traders have expressed concerns over the delay, saying they have been hit hard already by the works.
Stoby’s fish and chip shop owner Leuene Jackman said: “We are extremely worried about our trade, we are just trying to make our businesses work.
“This began in March and the way it’s going, we still don’t think it’s going to be finished by the end of September.
“It’s a constant battle all the time – we trade here 52 weeks of the year, we just don’t know why the council doesn’t work with us.”
Patisserie Valerie manager Suzi Milne said while the noise had put people off from wanting to sit outside, the works had not affected trade as much as she had feared. She said: “I was concerned that they were starting the work right in the middle of summer given that we take a third of our yearly profits in summer but it’s not affected us as badly as I thought it would have and the builders are really understanding about everything which is great.”
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