Why choose the busiest day of the year to close primary town route?

Following the partial closure of North Street on August 6, the chairman of Horncastle Federation of Trade, Commerce and Industry, Roly Freeman, has written to Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department.

As reported, North Street was closed to allow a private firm work to carry out work on the dangerous Longfellows Café and Restaurant building.

Mr Freeman’s letter is printed below.

Re: Horncastle Federation of Trade, Commerce and Industry.

I write on behalf of the Horncastle Federation of Trade, Commerce and Industry and write to enquire about the problems the town encountered on Saturday, August 6 following a decision to close North Street to through traffic.

I appreciate that sometimes urgent work is required, but nonetheless wonder why you chose one of the busiest Saturdays of the year on which to implement a closure.

It would certainly have been far less detrimental to the town had you picked any other day, but particularly a Sunday.

Could you please also confirm why no notification or consultation with regard to the closure was given to anybody in the town (if it was, could you please explain who), and more particularly why the traders were not notified of the problem, as this caused severe disruption to their business on that day.

I would point out that we are trying to make Horncastle an attractive place for people to come and do business and this sort of closure causes considerable harm to our efforts.

I therefore look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.