Reader letter: ‘Hellesdon Hall Road closure is devastating for businesses’

Staff and shop owners at Hellesdon Barns are angry that they hadn't been consulted about the closure

Staff and shop owners at Hellesdon Barns are angry that they hadn't been consulted about the closure of Hellesdon Hall Road. Left to right, Rebecca Walker from Dotty Pottery, Maria Baker from Curtains and Curiosities, Rebecca Benfield from The Gluten Free Shop, Magnolia Assis-Millbank from The Shackleton Cafe, Paul Millbank from Millbank Sectional Buildings and Pot Mania, Connor Eastell from Hellesdon Barns and Tina Self from Wooly Wotnots.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The closure of Hellesdon Hall Road is devastating for the small traders located at Hellesdon Barns — 18 weeks to create an access point for the Wickes store seems an excessive amount of time.

During the Second World War, whole bomber airfields were built in three months. Why are small businesses seemingly disregarded in these sort of situations?

Surely the developers should have to put in place a scheme of compensation to the traders to alleviate the loss of trade these people will suffer.

•Thomas H Gasson, Reepham Road, Hellesdon