Aid for traders hit by tram work
A PLAN is to be drawn up to help businesses affected by a year-long road closure during tram work.
Sections of Chilwell Road, Beeston, are to close from March so that underground gas pipes can be moved.
It has led some businesses on the road and in the surrounding area to voice concern about the impact on trade.
Now Beeston Business Improvement District is to monitor the number of customers in Chilwell Road and five other areas of Beeston from January to assess the impact of the tram work on visitor numbers.
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Business Improvement District manager Stephanie Wilkinson said she has held talks with Nottingham City Council about offering firms extra help.
A plan includes helping businesses set up websites to boost online trade, setting up a special website for Chilwell Road firms and holding markets in Beeston Square for traders on the road. She said: "The city council has made a commitment to work with us to ensure that people still go to Chilwell Road and people know how to get there.
The proposed road closures will be between Middle Street and Ellis Grove for six months, and then from Ellis Grove to Holly Lane for another six months from September 2013.
The original plan was for a one-way system for 18 months, but contractors Taylor Woodrow Alstom say the new proposal will be safer for workers and pedestrians.
Mr Fletcher, 41, said roadworks were already affecting trade. He said: "We were doing around £3,000 a week, but now it's around £1,300.
"It's okay saying we are going to be compensated but the businesses in the area have got to survive through the disruption and then claim for the compensation. The only saving grace is we have got Christmas coming up. After that, who knows? "
West End Surgery, Chilwell Road, said it was concerned about its doctors, nurses and 6,400 registered patients being able to get to and from appointments during the work.
Practice manager Debs Marsh said she had also informed Notts County PCT of the plans. She said: "We're right in the middle of the first closure. It's not clear what access is going to be like and how patients and staff can get here. We need a dialogue with them."
A spokesperson for Taylor Woodrow Alstom said: "We were very grateful to all of the businesses and traders who attended the meeting last week to discuss the forthcoming tram works along Chilwell Road.
"We appreciate that this is a worrying process and we are committed to doing all that we can to try and minimise the impact of these works."
He added: "The council has and will continue to work closely with the Beeston Business Improvement District and Broxtowe Borough Council on a range of measures, including destination branding and marketing initiatives which will support traders on Chilwell Road during the works."
People can get more information during a drop-in session at Beeston Town Hall, Foster Avenue, on Thursday, December 13, from 5.30pm until 8pm.
Will your business be affected by the works? Contact newsdesk on 0115 905 1967 or email email@example.com.