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Ladywell businesses in closure warning - as roadworks are delayed again
ROADWORKS in Ladywell show no sign of ending soon - as businesses warn they could close because of the financial impact.
Work on the Lewisham Council scheme - widening footpaths and improving traffic flow - was meant to finish this month but is now expected to last until mid-October, when Ladywell Road will finally reopen to traffic.
Meanwhile, work on the pavements will not end until November.
But Jason Slater from gift shop Slater & King in Algernon Road warned some shops might not last that long and said the delays showed the scheme had been mismanaged.
He said: "It's a nightmare and there's quite a few shops now that are very much close to not being around when the roadworks are finished.
"They now claim they'll have the road finished by the middle of October but, looking at it, I find that very hard to believe."
He added: "This has knocked us quite a bit. If it continues to overrun and hits the Christmas trade that's going to cause problems."
Mr Slater and other shopkeepers want compensation along with a business rate refund and have held showdown talks with contractor Conway and the Deputy Mayor of Lewisham Councillor Alan Smith.
He said: "We can't knock the actual individuals that are doing the work because there should have been more here doing it from the start. What they've done is looking good - it's just taking far too long."
A spokeswoman for Lewisham Council said: "We are keeping local residents and businesses up to date through letters and regularly updated web pages.
"We all regret that works are taking longer than expected. We have encountered a number of unforeseeable and ongoing problems including the discovery of underground cellars in one of the roads.
"However, we are doing everything we can to speed up the process including weekend working. We remain committed to doing a good job and are convinced that the work will bring long-term benefits to the area as a whole."
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