WEEKEND DEBATE: Traders suffer as work continues in Horsham town centre

JPCT 260213 Lorry stuck in Carfax, Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 260213 Lorry stuck in Carfax, Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin

Traders in Horsham town centre have voiced anger about roadworks after suffering a dramatic fall in takings.

Veasey and Sons Fishmongers in the Carfax have lost hundreds of pounds since contractors started work on an £80,000 facelift.

The Candy Box newsagent claims its profit is down by ten to 20 per cent a day.

Work has closed parts of the Carfax off to traffic and bus services have been suspended for the duration - estimated to take seven weeks.

Will Wright, 32, of Veasey and Sons, says the shop is losing around 150 to 200 customers and £700 a week.

“When work started there was an instant drop, and it’s gradually got worse,” he said. “At the moment we’re treading on water barely making any profit.”

He added that traders in the area are ‘frustrated’ and ‘bored’ with the works.

Businesses hope a scheduled break for Piazza Italia over Easter Bank Holiday weekend will bring a much needed boost.

What do you think? Are you a trader in Horsham town centre and want to air your views? Comment below, email ct.news@sussexnewspapers.co.uk or contact 01403 751267.