Letter: Re-scheduled roadworks could be final nail in the coffin for our village’s shops (update)

A small business owner on Godshill says they’re devastated that having made it through lockdown and starting to try and build back some trade, they will now have to deal with disruptive roadworks

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This from a shop owners in Godshill who wishes to remain anonymous. Ed


Update: Since publishing this letter the letter writer has received a reply from Island Roads who say the roadworks have been rescheduled now to start on 14 September.

Can someone please explain the ridiculous timing of roadworks due to start on Church Hollow in Godshill.

The work was originally due to be done before Easter, but is now meant to happen between 21st July and 4th August.

The resurfacing work will be happening during the day and cause an unbearable amount of noise in the village.

It will also mean that there is no access to the iconic church and thatched cottages.

Wightfibre will be working in the area too, so it will be completely shut off.

Disruption to one of the Island’s most visited villages
I keep hearing on the radio that Visit Isle of Wight want us all to get behind the “We’re good to go” campaign to try and encourage visitors and make the most of the summer, so why are Island Roads being allowed to cause such disruption to one of the Island’s most visited villages.

Only just made it through lockdown
As a business owner on Godshill I’m devastated that having made it through lockdown and starting to try and build back some trade, we now have to deal with this!

Sunday, 19th July, 2020 10:20am

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7 Comments on "Letter: Re-scheduled roadworks could be final nail in the coffin for our village’s shops (update)"

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Tamara
Clearly the person in charge of scheduling works at Island Roads needs to take into account the impacts of their decisions on tourism. Church Hollow is hardly a priority road for resurfacing, but it is very important for tourism. For the sake of the Island’s economy, I’m glad that Island Roads has seen sense and postponed these works. Yet mid September is still within the main tourist… Read more »
nyeve

Call me naive, but I fail to see any humour in Jenny Smart’s comment, when businesses of all types are struggling to survive.

sillybilly

I’ve never understood the point of Jenny Smart

Angela Hewitt

It is my understanding that Island Rds is run by people from Mars.

Jenny Smart

I’ve never really understood the point of Godshill, other than to sell tat to coach loads of tourists from the mainland.

lifewriterbutmainlybeer

Do I take it that you:
don’t understand the point of pretty villages where people enjoy living,
and that you don’t have a business decimated by the results of COVID_19,
and you don’t see a need for tourists buying tat and increasing the island’s economy,
and that you live in a much better place?

Mark L Francis

That is not necessarily a bad thing though.