Road repairs are killing our businesses, say Dalston traders

Independent traders in Dalston have hit out at Hackney Council over “pitiful” roadworks they say are strangling their businesses.

Shops in Bradbury Street near Gillett Square are struggling as ongoing improvement works cut them off from passing customers.

Andy Westbury, of vintage record store Eldica Vinyl and Retro, told the Gazette he had seen a drop of almost 60 per cent in sales since construction started in November.

“It is pitiful, we are really suffering,” he said.

“You start getting cynical and think the council just want to get rid of you to make way for big companies like Costa Coffee. Maybe because of the regeneration of the area they want us out.”

Town hall chiefs refused his compensation claims and offered to fund a street party for the Royal Wedding weekend.

But many traders fear their businesses will not survive long enough to benefit.

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Peter Findlay, of Bradbury’s Print & Poster Gallery, said: “I think we should welcome it and take part in it but it is probably not going to make a difference.

“Business has just fallen off a cliff. People do not walk down the street any more. If these road works don’t finish soon it’s going to be curtains.”

A town hall spokeswoman said: “The council has provided regular progress updates on the works and have offered advice and support throughout to help minimise the impact on local businesses”

Works are due for completion at the end of March.