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Tearooms Claim Coast Road Closure Is Hitting Business

Egg Cup

8:41am 17th January 2014
(Updated 4:58pm 17th January 2014)

A business on the Bridport coast road says they're suffering only two weeks in to the twelve week Abbotsbury road closure.

Part of the B3157 has been closed in Abbotsbury so that Wessex Water can replace a mains water pipe, the company have said the work will take around twelve weeks, and there is a shuttle bus operating through the village.

But The Eggcup Tearooms in Swyre who are situated along the coast road on the Bridport side of Abbotsbury, say they've seen a dramatic drop in customers.

Abbi Lister from the Tearooms told us more, "If it continues as it is, it will be a struggle especially for the twelve weeks- keeping going, keeping income, just generally surviving."

Abbi continued to say there still seemed to be a lot of confusion locally as to what is accessible, "We still get people ringing up - checking they can get this far- because they don't realise they can. Some of them have come out deliberately to support us, others genuinely don't seem to know that they can get here."

The Eggcup Tearooms say the closure has directly affected them as people no longer pass by the Tearooms to stop, despite them not being in Abbotsbury. The business also say they were not told about the closure or consulted, and they are looking forward to that section of the road re-opening.

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