Business owners on Bexhill Marina say they are losing customers and thousands of pounds in trade because of ongoing roadworks.
Another section of the Marina has been closed since Monday (June 29) as the council carry out ‘improvements’ and resurfacing works.
But according to the manager of the Trattoria Italiana restaurant Piero Esposto the chaos the roadworks have caused is losing him thousands of pounds’ worth of custom.
“It’s been a nightmare,” he said.
“We’ve lost a hell of a lot of business.
“I am getting really annoyed now as we have to have the windows closed because of the smell and the noise.
“People have been cancelling their tables because of it like some can’t get their wheelchairs across the road.”
Piero said the council does not care about their plight and neither do the rental companies and he believes they should get some sort of rebate because of the disruption.
“It’s ridiculous, they don’t tell us anything,” Mr Esposto said.
“Soon I will take the barriers down myself.”
An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “We do appreciate that, as with any scheme of this nature, there will be some temporary disruption while work is carried out.
“However, we strongly believe the long-term benefits of our pedestrian improvement scheme – particularly the benefits for businesses in Bexhill – will far outweigh the short-term inconvenience.
“The project, along with the Marina Court Gardens improvements being carried out by Rother District Council, will make Bexhill a better place for visitors and residents and encourage more people to walk between the town centre and the seafront.
“The project is due to be completed next week so we’d ask businesses and residents to bear with us while the work is completed.”
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