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Brighton cafe owner slams building works as sales plummet
A cafe made just £8 on a usually busy Sunday due to the blight of building works.
Talk of Tea owners Zsuzsi Ustoki and Tom Roach are distraught after two separate building developments have so far ruined their summer trade.
The cafe owners, based on Spring Street, off Western Road, said they have endured 18 months of works on a hotel on one side of the street followed by a second round of works above Argos on the other side.
Mr Roach said he and his wife had called the council ten times but had received no reply.
He said: “The whole road has become a building site.
“It’s had a substantial effect on a business. People just don’t want to come up here.
“The initial construction stopped when the company went into liquidation but the scaffolding stayed up for six months before it started again.
“We’ve spoken to the builder and put our signs on the scaffolding but it’s so uninviting people won’t walk up the road.
“There’s been a real lack of communication about what’s going on. I don’t think enough is done to help small businesses.
“I understand that these things need to go on but perhaps it would have been prudent to make sure only one of these works was going on at a time.”
Mrs Ustoki said: “The road are completely blocked off, there’s dust and construction material everywhere.
“We’re really suffering after more than a year of works.
“We haven’t had a single customer in yet today (Tuesday).
“I cannot see why they’re doing it at the busiest time of year. On Sunday we took £8 when normally we would talk £150.
“We can’t live on that.”
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