'Roadworks have hit our business too'
A SWANSEA businesswoman says roadworks chaos has led her profits to spiral downwards.
Jacqui Price, who co-owns Cwtch Dan Star Gift Shop in Pontarddulais, said potential customers are being put off by the bollards and work going on along St Teilo Street.
Mrs Price said the work was meant to be completed quite quickly over the summer but was still ongoing.
She said: "The roadworks started in July and it was meant to be a two week job.
"No-one can park outside the shop and we are seeing a loss compared to the summer time last year.
"It's been a nightmare.
"People can't go anywhere as there are bollards everywhere."
She added: "The liaison officer for the workmen is planning to come in and see me."
Mrs Price said she didn't understand why the local authority had granted the firm cash to transform the shop front when the roadworks was having such a knock-on effect on trade.
She said: "I was going to employ someone from this month but we can't now unless things pick up in the shop.
"We had a grant from the council for the front of the shop but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other.
"They have been doing work on the main road and they have only done work by the bus station and outside the shops — it's been weeks."
The gift shop co-owner said she didn't understand why the work was needed given that a regeneration project had been carried out in the last couple of years.
Mrs Price added: "The regeneration scheme was only done a couple of years ago.
"The cafe and chemist are in the same situation as me.
"The store Grand Prix in St Teilo Street closed for a couple of days when there was work outside the shop."
A Swansea Council spokesman said: "This work is part of the major £450,000 Pontarddulais improvement scheme that followed comprehensive consultation with the local community and local businesses.
"When it's finished later this year, the scheme will benefit Mrs Price and other Pontarddulais traders because it will generate a far more pleasant trading environment with improved pavements, additional car parking spaces and more street furniture.
"The latest phase of pavement upgrade works on St Teilo Street was always scheduled to last from July to the autumn. It's the section of pavement outside Mrs Price's shop that will take about two weeks to complete. This work has now started and, weather-permitting, will be finished in the next 10 days.
"The nature of the works and the location of the shop means bollards have had to be in place outside there since July, but Mrs Price has been offered signs to emphasise that it's business as usual while the temporary works are ongoing and we're happy to meet her to discuss what else can be done to help."