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Drop in trade as road closure continues

Drop in trade as road closure continues

Published at 9:35am 21st January 2016. (Updated at 11:50am 21st January 2016)

Businesses affected by the ongoing road closure on the A59 at Kex Gill have voiced their frustrations at a meeting.

The main road between Harrogate and Skipton could remain closed until the end of February, because of a landslip caused by the bad weather.

At the busy meeting on Wednesday night, traders called on North Yorkshire County Council to act, with some demanding better signs to list which businesses were still open.

Lee Abbot, from the Fewston Farm Shop, told Stray FM: "Well I've had to send my staff all home today because there's nothing happening.

"I know winter's your quietest time, but you still have your passing trade to keep you going. We're getting nothing."

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Highways, indicated that it was something they would look at.

He said: "We have enormous sympathy, especially for those people whose businesses rely on passing trade.

"If there's anything we can do which is safe and satisfies their customers, then we'll do it."

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Business owners are shown a presentation at a meeting with North Yorkshire County Council