Bexhill cafe owner blasts closures

John Di Paolo outside Di Paolo's, Marina, Bexhill. SUS-150617-110643001

John Di Paolo outside Di Paolo's, Marina, Bexhill. SUS-150617-110643001

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A cafe owner in Bexhill has blasted ongoing road works along the seafront as an ‘absolute joke’.

John Di Paulo, who owns Di Paolo’s in Marina, said businesses in the area depended on summer trade and criticised five days of upcoming road closures, which start on Monday, June 29 and end on Friday, July 3.

The closures are the final part of an East Sussex County Council scheme, which it says will improve pedestrian access in Bexhill, alongside Rother District Council’s repairs to Marina Court Garden.

Marina will be shut to cars between Linden Road and Wilton Road over the period, to widen the footpaths and carry out other works.

Last week, as reported in the Observer, people took to social media to complain about the scheme, saying the works were a ‘waste of money’.

Mr Di Paulo said: “Business is suffering financially because people are avoiding the seafront. These works should not be going on in the middle of summer. We have a living to make. It’s disgusting. The money could have been used to repair potholes. It’s an absolute joke and out of order this so-called improvement work is being carried out.”

Carl Maynard, county council lead member for transport and environment, thanked residents and businesses for their patience throughouut the works. He said: “The scheme, along with the revamped Marina Court Garden which our colleagues at Rother are completing, will encourage more people to walk between the seafront and the town centre, with all the resultant benefits to the town economy that will bring.”

Diversions will be in place via Parkhurst Road, St Leonards Road, Western Road and Endwell Road. Devonshire Road will be closed at the junction with Marina, as will Linden Road, Albany Road, Albert Road and Eversley Road. For information, call 0345 6080193.

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