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Pub in roadworks row after ‘losing custom’

MBTC-10-10-12- Roadworks Houghton Conquest. 

Graham Rowe and Terry Stewart from The Knife & CLeaver Pub in The Grove, Houghton Conquest.

MBTC-10-10-12- Roadworks Houghton Conquest. Graham Rowe and Terry Stewart from The Knife & CLeaver Pub in The Grove, Houghton Conquest.

The landlord of a village pub has hit out at a council carrying out roadworks, after he says he has lost trade over the last three days.

Graham Roe, who runs The Knife & Cleaver in Houghton Conquest with his partner Terry Stewart, has criticised Central Beds Council, which has closed the High Street and The Grove, where the pub is located, to carry out road resurfacing works.

Mr Roe said: “I was told The Grove wouldn’t be closed, and then on Monday they closed a part of it. There are no diversion routes or signs saying we are still open. We have had no customers for three days.”

Councillor Budge Wells, deputy executive member for sustainable communities services, said: “We have undertaken these works in the most efficient way we could to avoid disruption, including putting up ‘open for business’ signs at the western end of the closure and relocating the start of the closure so that people can access the pub more easily.”

 

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