Road works on Albion St hinder access to shops.
Road works on Albion St hinder access to shops.

'Temporary fix' not good enough

ROADWORKS on Warwick’s Fitzroy St irked local business owners yesterday who complained they were given no notice and access to their premises was blocked.

The scheduled roadworks, which had been delayed due to emergency works in Killarney last week, involved crews repairing the two failures in the bitumen near the central divider at the Albion and Fitzroy St intersection.

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said yesterday’s work was a “temporary fix” with project scoping work currently being completed for more major repairs to Fitzroy St under a combination of flood mitigation works and some capital works, to be completed this financial year.

Work was finished on the northern part of the divider yesterday afternoon but by that time John Rye, franchisee of Eagle Boys, had already questioned the work after he said he said he saw a period of at least half and hour where no work was being done.

He said the road was blocked when he arrived at about 7am.

"If a contractor was doing it, it would be done by now,” he said.

"None of us (business owners) have been notified.

"We should be doing deliveries from 11 am but we can’t get out, when customers ring for deliveries, we are just going to tell them to ring the council."

Marcelina Aguilar, the new owner at Gourmets Fish and Chips said she had lost a few customers because of the work.

"It’s just a surprise that we didn’t get any notice,” she said.

"We usually have many more customers at this time of day (about 10.30am) because people are out getting their tea and coffee.

"We have these regular customers who parked at Aldi but many people would just keep driving past.

"We are leasing this shop and are new and to lose even just one day is a big deal.”



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