Patrick Egan of Eyewise has his say on how the roadworks on the main street in Murwillumbah will affect his business. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News
Patrick Egan of Eyewise has his say on how the roadworks on the main street in Murwillumbah will affect his business. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News Nolan Verheij-Full

Mur’bah CBD takes a hit as roadworks kick off

MURWILLUMBAH businesses have reported their worst trade in over 20 years this week as parts of the CBD's Main St closes for much-needed council roadworks.

Sandra Guthrie of Poster Paradise said she asked Tweed Shire Council not to close the road until January 2016 when it's the "quietest time of the year".

"Yesterday in the 22 years I've been here it was the worst day I've ever had. A lot of people are saying the same thing," Mrs Guthrie said.

"People have told me they thought the whole of Main St was closed."

Kylie Dunne of Style 2484 had the unfortunate luck of finding out about the road closure only weeks after buying the fashion retail store.

She said from September to Christmas is the busiest time for retail as customers spend their tax returns and prepared for end of year festivities.

"I hope everyone still shops here during Christmas," she said.

Optometrist Patrick Egan of Eyewise has traded on Main St for 23 years and said most of his clients are elderly and will be impacted by the reduction of the three disabled car parks.

"Fortunately the pedestrian crossing is available at the moment but in a couple of weeks time it won't be.

"So my elderly patients will have to walk with walking frames for 500 to 600m. It's very, very difficult for them."

Mr Egan claims shopkeepers were not consulted adequately by the council prior to the works, and he expected representatives to visit shopkeepers face-to-face.

"They just threw it out there and we had to kind of think of things that would happen. I think it was flagged well enough that it would happen, but the nuts and bolts of it - nobody talked to us about it."

The council has been contacted for a response. More in Saturday's paper.



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