‘Delivering us inconvenience’

Partial road closure is affecting TK Furniture
Partial road closure is affecting TK Furniture

A Leighton Buzzard business says a developer and local council hasn’t delivered the goods when it comes to communicating about a partial road closure near their store.

TK Furniture has been struggling with its deliveries for more than five weeks because large vehicles cannot access North Street.

Tom Shattock, owner of the Hockliffe Street furniture centre, said: “We are really annoyed that we have not been consulted by the council.

“Large vehicles cannot get down to our warehouse for deliveries and waste disposal vehicles cannot get down to empty the bins.

“We have had to divert the delivery vehicles to the front of the store but they are closing Hockliffe Road soon.

“That will really affect us because we will have no access at all for our deliveries.”

McCarthy and Stone partially closed the road to allow access for vehicles to the site on Leston Road where a retirement development is being built.

A spokesperson for Central Beds Council said: “The closure was to get a crane out of the site where a McCarthy and Stone development is being built.

“It is down to the organiser of the closure to let businesses and residents know.”

Mr Shattock added: “The council may not have closed the road themselves but they gave permission, so they should have consulted with us.”

Tim Lightfoot, construction director for McCarthy & Stone Midlands, said: “McCarthy & Stone places significant importance on working in 
collaboration with the communities in which it builds and on minimising the disruption from any of its developments.

“In order to facilitate the safe unloading of materials with a crane, the footpath on North Street has been temporarily closed and diverted until June 8, 2015.

“This diversion was agreed in advance with the local authority.

“North Street remains open to traffic in both directions, with a reduction to one lane in one direction only.”