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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Reopening of Cockermouth Main Street hits snag

Celebrations have been put on hold after mains problems delayed the reopening of Cockermouth’s Main Street.

Cumbria County Council said the closure would extend beyond the current week and a further update will be provided next week.

A spokesman said: “These difficulties have included substantial works to protect unexpected shallow gas and water mains.”

Meanwhile, the county council has advertised the forthcoming closure of Market Place, although traders there do not yet know what it will involve.

They are concerned about delivery access and the closure of car parks.

At The Castle Bar, owners Sean and Jayne Cusack have had to lay off four staff as a result of the roadworks and a drop in trade.

Sean said: “It cost us about £10,000 last month and that was when they were on Main Street.

“We have told all the staff we will be closing during the day when roadworks are here.

“We should not be finding things out on the grapevine.”

Adam Stitt, of 4 Play Cycles, said: “We have been okay so far but the next phase bothers us. There’s been a lack of information which is not good at what should be our busiest time.

“I’m normally very positive but this could be an absolute nightmare.”

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