Hanley traders: 'When will our bins be collected?'
CITY centre traders are furious after being left without bin collections and deliveries following the sudden closure of three roads.
Business owners in Hanley were stunned to find contractors closing off part of Stafford Street, Pall Mall and Piccadilly to traffic when they arrived for work on Monday.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has closed the roads for resurfacing ahead of the opening of Hanley’s new bus station.
But traders say the closures have caused chaos for shops, pubs and restaurants.
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Traders claim they only found out about the decision after a public notice appeared in Friday’s Sentinel.
Unicorn Inn landlady Jill Lawton, aged 53, who lives above the Piccadilly pub, said: “We have had no letter from the council warning us about this and there have been no posters to inform us of what is going on. It is an absolute joke.
“My first concern was the delivery for the beer because they come in big wagons and it makes it very hard for them to access the pub.
“But there are also problems with bin collections. Mine have been left since Tuesday and we have no idea when they are going to be picked up.
“It is an environmental hazard. There are takeaways leaving food waste in bags on the street and it will attract rats.”
Unicorn regular Andy Lilley said: “This is the Cultural Quarter and how cultural is this with rubbish left everywhere?
“This obviously hasn't been planned very well. Wouldn't it have been better to close one end and get the changes made and then work on the other end rather than closing them both off to leave people stranded?”
The three-week closure stops vehicles travelling along Stafford Street, between Trinity Street and Percy Street. It also bars vehicles from Pall Mall and in part of Piccadilly, 10 metres either side of the junction with Pall Mall.
Other traders have also complained about the lack of rubbish collections.
Pat Gibson, aged 58, of Goldenhill, who runs the Shelter charity shop in Piccadilly, said: “The barriers just went up and that was the first I knew of it.
“Whoever is responsible for the re-routing has not considered us.
“I want to know when our nine bags of rubbish are going to be collected and who is responsible for this mess.
“We pay the council for trade refuse and it is very expensive.”
The council was last night unavailable for comment.