Farm butcher says roadworks have sliced takings by half

A local farm butcher is ruefully counting the cost of the current road works on Styal Road, where Electricity North West is currently 5 weeks into a 12 week closure.

David Kirk, who has been running his butchers farm shop on the Peacock Farm site in Styal for thirty years, claims that the road closure has resulted in a 50% reduction of his trade.

Mr Kirk told "I accept that the work may be needed but, however important it is, I get no compensation for my business loss. Moreover, the closure could not have come at a worse time of the year as I am already taking orders for Christmas."

He added "The closure was expected to last for twelve weeks but it will now be December before the road reopens and I am concerned, as this kind of work often overruns.

"The contractors have recently been persuaded to put up a notices saying that it is 'business as usual' but one sign is at the junction with Station Road and can only be seen when shoppers are already in Styal and a few hundred yards away from my shop."

The road works are being undertaken to enable engineers from Electricity North West to replace 5km of faulty oil-filled cables, which have been in place for around 60 years, with new environmentally-friendly and efficient cables.

Electricity North West, Styal Road


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Graham Peters
Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 1:32 pm
The road signs are totally mis-leading as in both directions from Wilmslow it states that there’s no access. You have to ignore them to find a sign at the end of Station Rd directing you to Kirks. It’s a nightmare - but worth the perseverance as the meat’s so good.
Mark Russell
Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 2:14 pm
I feel extremely sorry for David and countless other local business people who must be losing out hand and foot over the disgraceful state of all the roadworks around Wilmslow. These contractors shut roads, work just 30 odd hours a week meanwhile sticking two fingers up at all businesses in the area, with no way of them claiming for lost revenues. Sums this pitiful country up I’m afraid.
Martin Kitchin
Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 2:41 pm
We struggle to get home most days and sympathise with residents and local businesses such as Kirk's.

Let's hope he's entitled to some form of compensation.

Regardless of what time you travel it seems now as if every road is dangerously gridlocked.

And with how Cheshire East are orchestrating things, it will get much worse with traffic coming from Little Stanneylands, Bollin Park, Heathfield Farm, Sagars Road, East Handforth Village, Dean Coppice and of course, the threat of a bigger Lidl on Dean Row Road that nobody seems to want either.

Interesting shirt on David Kirk. Is it a nod towards his Star Trek brother ?
Laurie Atterbury
Monday 23rd October 2017 at 9:09 pm
No phone line since afternoon of 23rd. Seems some idiot has severed cable(s). Some neighbours lost internet also.I guess this was inevitable; don’t they have any record of where cables lie? CEC/Elec NW couldn’t organise a brew up in a toilet!!!!!
Heloise Graham
Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 5:50 pm
Totally agree 're misleading signs! Privatization of highways works...ahem.
John Featherstone
Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 6:15 pm
with new and environmentally-friendly and efficient cables what a load of bull dung 80% of the country still use oil filled cables and like the guy above says C E C could not run a p/up in a brewery
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 7:02 pm
I spoke to a senior member of the Waitrose staff, and he said that it would effect their trade. I said well you will surely get compensation for it. He replied "Not a penny". OK Waitrose are a big rich company, but that is no excuse. Companies large and small should be compensated for drops in business. Their business taxes wont go down accordingly will they?
Anne Greenhalgh
Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 11:48 pm
Local businesses should not suffer because of road works, surely there is compensation in place for such companies!