Carlton Garden Centre fends off threat to business posed by roadworks

A campaign by Carlton Garden Centre to end roadworks that had hit business has paid off.

Roadworks to repair a burst water main hit trade at Wrexham-based Carlton Garden Centre, said its angry owner, Carl Craig.

Dee Valley Water was carrying out works on the main B5102 from Llay to Cefn-y-bedd.

Carlton Garden Centre owner Carl Craig said: "It has been terrible because my customers just can't get to the garden centre. The diversion is almost impossible to follow and there aren't enough signs telling drivers which way to go. To be frank, monkeys could have done it better.

"I reckon I was about two-thirds down on my usual trade for this time of the year, which is peak planting season.

"Coming on top of the credit crunch and the recent bad weather, I reckon these roadworks are really putting my business under threat.

"When it finished ahead of schedule late last week it made a vast difference to our trade. It finished early because the water company had that much stick."

Bryn Bellis, managing director of Dee Valley Water, said: "The work we are doing is essential. We need to repair a bursting water main, which is causing problems for our customers.

"If [Carl Craig] suffered a loss of trade, he should write to us setting this out. He may be entitled to recompense."

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