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Traders express anger at Brighton city centre roadworks
Traders fear roadworks during a busy summer period will cost them thousands of pounds in lost trade.
Southern Water said the emergency work follows the collapse of a sewer under North Street at the junction with New Road.
In June The Argus revealed North Street will have to be ripped up and totally resurfaced because of the prolonged damage caused by years of slapdash repairs.
No date has yet been set for the work to begin on the busy road, which connects Old Steine with Churchill Square .
Brighton and Hove City Council claimed the latest repairs would be completed by Monday afternoon – but Southern Water said their crews would not move out until Wednesday.
Claudia Meynell-Fisher, the manager at nearby gift store Purple Heart, said: “This work is going to cause me thousands of pounds in lost business. It cost me £400 pounds in three hours this morning.”
Tracey Morrison, the manager of Bravissimo clothes shop, said: “It has been very quiet this week and I think it is down to the roadworks. Nobody has told us anything about it.”
A spokesman for Southern Water said: “Repair workers will dig down four metres to reach the sewer and carry out the repair.
“We are working closely with Brighton and Hove City Council Highways to ensure that traffic congestion is minimised. The repair is expected to be complete by August 15.”
A spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “We apologise for the inconvenience to road users but these are essential works by Southern Water to ensure safety on one of the busiest bus routes in the city.”
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