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 wilmslow.co.uk "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.