7th Dec, 2016

Fed up trader slams town traffic chaos

Joshua Godfrey 27th Nov, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A FED UP family butcher has claimed he is losing business as a result of cars and lorries driving the wrong way up a busy Evesham town centre street.

Dave Purser, who has run The Master Butcher’s on Avon Street since 2002, said neighbours have had enough at the amount of cars and lorries that drive the wrong way along Brick Kiln Street.

Already this year two lorries have hit his building and two people have had near misses with cars just a few metres away from his shop.

“It’s actually affecting my business now, two people have nearly been run over this year,” Mr Purser said.

“We have older customers that don’t want to come down because of the traffic, we’re busy but slowly the customer foot fall is dropping very slowly.”

“On Brick Kiln Street the lorries want to turn left, but I want them to turn right as that’s what is causing the issue for me.

“I’m certain the shop is going to be knocked down the way its going.”

“I just want the council to do something about it,” he added.

And at a meeting of Evesham Town Council’s planning committee on Monday (November 23), a leading town centre councillor spoke out and said ‘enough is enough’.

Coun Richard Jones, called for a letter to be sent to highways chiefs at Worcestershire County Council and said: “Poor old Dave the butcher and also the three cottages are forever fighting battles, mostly with lorries, and it’s not just since the Bewdley Street development, they seem to get lorries from Tesco’s and Aldi.

“It’s been mentioned a number of times to county and they’ve promised to put cameras up there to monitor it and all sorts and nothings ever been done.

“So something needs to be done.

“I’d just like to see on behalf of the council to write to highways to say that enough is enough really and something finally needs to be done about that junction because it’s not just the butchers, it’s a blight on that whole corner and the new developments are just going to make things ten times worse.”

Planning chiefs unanimously backed Coun Jones’s recommendation and approved a letter to be sent to Worcestershire County Council about the issue.