Veterinary surgery fears busway plans will disrupt business
7:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in NW
A VETERINARY surgery in Tyldesley is concerned the Leigh Guided Busway will disrupt its business.
Tyldesley Veterinary Centre, on Elliot Street, is baffled by plans to close Chapel Street as part of the project and claims this was not part of the consultation and no explanations as to why it is necessary has been given.
The permanent closure of Chapel Street will make it difficult for the surgery to dispose of its waste through the rear of the premises, according to practice manager Dennis Owens.
“Unfortunately our job does involve dealing with dead animals which are stored in a freezer in the back yard before they are collected,”
“If Chapel Street is closed, and parking bays created across Elliot Street, it would mean the dead animals would have to be carried through the reception area of the surgery and across the road. These are heavy animals and it would be distressing for members of the public.
“The only option is for the vans to come to the back but then they have to reverse blindly on to a busy main road.”
Several solutions have been discussed, such as installing a one-way system, but suggestions have not been followed up.
Mr Owens said: “I just feel it is underhand that this was never mentioned throughout the consultation and then added at the last minute when it was too late to object. It just seems like a massive upheaval for no gain at all.”
A spokesman for TfGM said: “TfGM and Wigan Council are working with the businesses on Chapel Street to understand their requirements. We aim to provide a balanced scheme that meets the differing needs of people living in, working in and travelling through Tyldesley town centre.
“We will do our best to take into account the needs of businesses and residents when finalising the design for the scheme and will, of course, continue to keep everyone updated as the project progresses.”
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