Rickmansworth shop owners concerned they 'won’t survive' four week High Street closure

Rickmansworth shop owners concerned they 'won’t survive' four week High Street closure

Rickmansworth shop owners concerned they 'won’t survive' four week High Street closure

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The four-week closure of Rickmansworth High Street could jeopardise smaller businesses, shopkeepers have warned.

Traders are angry they were only notified of the closure, which is due to affect the High Street between August 4 and September 1, on Tuesday - less than a week before work is due to begin.

Anil Patel took over Ricky’s Cards, Stationary and Gifts from his cousin, who ran the store for 26 years, eight years ago.

Mr Patel said Hertfordshire County Council is "killing" the High Street and that he is deeply concerned for his business.

He said: "The way they are putting up the rents and now this. Many won’t be able to survive. What can I say? They are killing us. 

"All the smaller shops are closing. Of course I’m worried about my business. The cars won’t be able to come which means the people won’t come."

The main road will be shut between Monday, August 4 and Monday, September 1 from 7.30am to 5pm.

The roadworks will be carried out in two stages to allow workmen to paint lamp columns and bollards, refresh road markings and reconstruct the worn out sections of the road.

The first phase will take place between North Way and Station Road, and will run between August 4 and August 20 and the second will be carried out between August 20 and September 1 in Wensum Way to Station Road.

A diversion route will be in place.

Phil Dunster, owner of Croxley Galleries, said advanced notice of the closure would have done a great deal for him as he could have warned customers, many of whom use their cars to collect large orders.

Mr Dunster said: "For small businesses, if you lose a month’s takings it could take you months to get back on track. It could put somebody out of business. 

"If I had more notice, I would have been able to allow for that and tell my customers. They should have given us more notice and somebody should be liable if we do suffer from it. 

"Maybe if they did the work one week at a time at least the smaller retailers would have a chance. Why not do it in four sections and make life easier for the shop keepers."

Marian Withers, owner of Paws and Claws, said the school holidays is a challenging time of year for her business anyway, adding that to close the street to traffic could have a "massive effect" on her takings.

Mrs Withers said she only found out about the closure on Monday when she drove past an information sign.

Ringway will be carrying out the work on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council.

The road will be closed to traffic but businesses will remain open.

Jerry Pert, regional director, said: "Ringway will be carrying out improvement works on Rickmansworth High Street, to enhance the high street for residents, shoppers and traders. The works which will take four weeks will include updating the bus and parking bays, painting lamp columns and bollards and refreshing all road markings. 

"Businesses will be open as usual and we aim to keep disruption to a minimum and have working restrictions for our busiest roads so that most journeys in peak times are unaffected. Some works are scheduled in the evenings or weekends where there is less traffic. 

"We consider affected schools and places of work and leisure when the works are planned.

However some exceptional works require traffic management during peak times.

"A leaflet drop to all addresses in the vicinity of the works was carried out during the week commencing July 21 and a further one, with updated information, at the start of this week."

 

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1:19pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Nat On The Field says...

They've not closed Rickmansworth. It's just the high street.
Most people who visit park in the surrounding car parks which don't need the high street to access. And as for the bus route diversion, I'm sure it will only put off a small percentage of potential customers. The high street provides parking for disabled people only so it's not really going to affect business in my opinion.
They've not closed Rickmansworth. It's just the high street. Most people who visit park in the surrounding car parks which don't need the high street to access. And as for the bus route diversion, I'm sure it will only put off a small percentage of potential customers. The high street provides parking for disabled people only so it's not really going to affect business in my opinion. Nat On The Field
  • Score: 8

1:28pm Thu 31 Jul 14

not a regular says...

"Marian Withers, owner of Paws and Claws" - sorry but my first thought when I read that was whether this was a Daily Mash article.

On topic, more details of the works would be appreciated. Painting bollards and bus stops does not require much traffic management, and "refreshing line markings" can be done at night. It's noisy, but it can.

As for a four week programme... The activities they've mentioned do not take four weeks to complete and it definitely doesn't require a road closure for four weeks, so either someone has explained it incorrectly or planned it badly.
"Marian Withers, owner of Paws and Claws" - sorry but my first thought when I read that was whether this was a Daily Mash article. On topic, more details of the works would be appreciated. Painting bollards and bus stops does not require much traffic management, and "refreshing line markings" can be done at night. It's noisy, but it can. As for a four week programme... The activities they've mentioned do not take four weeks to complete and it definitely doesn't require a road closure for four weeks, so either someone has explained it incorrectly or planned it badly. not a regular
  • Score: 3

2:05pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Retlas says...

"Jerry Pert, regional director, said: "Ringway will be carrying out improvement works on Rickmansworth High Street in Watford, to enhance the high street for residents, shoppers and traders."

When did Rickmanswoth move to Watford?
"Jerry Pert, regional director, said: "Ringway will be carrying out improvement works on Rickmansworth High Street in Watford, to enhance the high street for residents, shoppers and traders." When did Rickmanswoth move to Watford? Retlas
  • Score: 3

3:12pm Thu 31 Jul 14

cgpc Rob says...

Nat On The Field wrote:
They've not closed Rickmansworth. It's just the high street.
Most people who visit park in the surrounding car parks which don't need the high street to access. And as for the bus route diversion, I'm sure it will only put off a small percentage of potential customers. The high street provides parking for disabled people only so it's not really going to affect business in my opinion.
Which business do you run?

The st provides parking for all, not just disabled.
[quote][p][bold]Nat On The Field[/bold] wrote: They've not closed Rickmansworth. It's just the high street. Most people who visit park in the surrounding car parks which don't need the high street to access. And as for the bus route diversion, I'm sure it will only put off a small percentage of potential customers. The high street provides parking for disabled people only so it's not really going to affect business in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Which business do you run? The st provides parking for all, not just disabled. cgpc Rob
  • Score: 0

3:29pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Sara says...

The High Street will be closed in two sections, each for a fortnight. The first fortnight will be Northway to Station Road, with Station Road to Wensum Way the second fortnight.

More information is at http://hertfordshire
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ckmansworth.pdf
The High Street will be closed in two sections, each for a fortnight. The first fortnight will be Northway to Station Road, with Station Road to Wensum Way the second fortnight. More information is at http://hertfordshire .roadworks.org/downl oads/Admin/NationalG rid/High%20Street-Ri ckmansworth.pdf Sara
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3:34pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Sara says...

As the web site has mangled the URL and removed the link, try http://tinyurl.com/R
ickyHighSt.
As the web site has mangled the URL and removed the link, try http://tinyurl.com/R ickyHighSt. Sara
  • Score: 1

7:32pm Thu 31 Jul 14

East End 2011 says...

Well This Won't Bother Me As I Work In Ricky (Street Cleaner)
& It's All Going To Be 1 Big Pain For All Drivers,
So My Idea Is Dump Your Car & Walk In Instead ...
Oh & All Buses Be Diversion To Northway Via Boots .. ok Folks
Well This Won't Bother Me As I Work In Ricky (Street Cleaner) & It's All Going To Be 1 Big Pain For All Drivers, So My Idea Is Dump Your Car & Walk In Instead ... Oh & All Buses Be Diversion To Northway Via Boots .. ok Folks East End 2011
  • Score: 1

9:07pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Nat On The Field says...

cgpc Rob wrote:
Nat On The Field wrote:
They've not closed Rickmansworth. It's just the high street.
Most people who visit park in the surrounding car parks which don't need the high street to access. And as for the bus route diversion, I'm sure it will only put off a small percentage of potential customers. The high street provides parking for disabled people only so it's not really going to affect business in my opinion.
Which business do you run?

The st provides parking for all, not just disabled.
I don't run a business on Ricky High Street cgpc Rob but having looked at streetview on google maps (wonderful tool) and zoomed in on the parking guidelines along the high street (admittedly I only looked on section between Northway and Station Road) there are some designated disabled only spaces, a handful of spaces for up to 20mins only and the rest are loading bays.
So, I can't really see how these being inactive for what seems to be two weeks (not four) would have a major effect on businesses on the high street. There are three main car parks for shoppers which the majority of those who drive would use and none of them are on the high street.
One of them is access via the Station road to Wensum Road stretch but with three other car parks to choose from, the only business I see really suffering is the owners of the car park in question.
[quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat On The Field[/bold] wrote: They've not closed Rickmansworth. It's just the high street. Most people who visit park in the surrounding car parks which don't need the high street to access. And as for the bus route diversion, I'm sure it will only put off a small percentage of potential customers. The high street provides parking for disabled people only so it's not really going to affect business in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Which business do you run? The st provides parking for all, not just disabled.[/p][/quote]I don't run a business on Ricky High Street cgpc Rob but having looked at streetview on google maps (wonderful tool) and zoomed in on the parking guidelines along the high street (admittedly I only looked on section between Northway and Station Road) there are some designated disabled only spaces, a handful of spaces for up to 20mins only and the rest are loading bays. So, I can't really see how these being inactive for what seems to be two weeks (not four) would have a major effect on businesses on the high street. There are three main car parks for shoppers which the majority of those who drive would use and none of them are on the high street. One of them is access via the Station road to Wensum Road stretch but with three other car parks to choose from, the only business I see really suffering is the owners of the car park in question. Nat On The Field
  • Score: 4

10:25pm Fri 1 Aug 14

ricky97 says...

East End 2011 wrote:
Well This Won't Bother Me As I Work In Ricky (Street Cleaner)
& It's All Going To Be 1 Big Pain For All Drivers,
So My Idea Is Dump Your Car & Walk In Instead ...
Oh & All Buses Be Diversion To Northway Via Boots .. ok Folks
How can the buses be on diversion via Northway when according to the article Northway/Station Road will be the 1st phase of the road closures to be done as of August 4th..
[quote][p][bold]East End 2011[/bold] wrote: Well This Won't Bother Me As I Work In Ricky (Street Cleaner) & It's All Going To Be 1 Big Pain For All Drivers, So My Idea Is Dump Your Car & Walk In Instead ... Oh & All Buses Be Diversion To Northway Via Boots .. ok Folks[/p][/quote]How can the buses be on diversion via Northway when according to the article Northway/Station Road will be the 1st phase of the road closures to be done as of August 4th.. ricky97
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Sun 3 Aug 14

cgpc Rob says...

Nat On The Field wrote:
cgpc Rob wrote:
Nat On The Field wrote:
They've not closed Rickmansworth. It's just the high street.
Most people who visit park in the surrounding car parks which don't need the high street to access. And as for the bus route diversion, I'm sure it will only put off a small percentage of potential customers. The high street provides parking for disabled people only so it's not really going to affect business in my opinion.
Which business do you run?

The st provides parking for all, not just disabled.
I don't run a business on Ricky High Street cgpc Rob but having looked at streetview on google maps (wonderful tool) and zoomed in on the parking guidelines along the high street (admittedly I only looked on section between Northway and Station Road) there are some designated disabled only spaces, a handful of spaces for up to 20mins only and the rest are loading bays.
So, I can't really see how these being inactive for what seems to be two weeks (not four) would have a major effect on businesses on the high street. There are three main car parks for shoppers which the majority of those who drive would use and none of them are on the high street.
One of them is access via the Station road to Wensum Road stretch but with three other car parks to choose from, the only business I see really suffering is the owners of the car park in question.
Until people have run a business in High Sts, don't comment.

What do you think about open rent reviews, UBR not linked to turnover.

Why does Germany prosper!!

Superstores paying about 10% per sq meter in UBR/Heriditament
[quote][p][bold]Nat On The Field[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat On The Field[/bold] wrote: They've not closed Rickmansworth. It's just the high street. Most people who visit park in the surrounding car parks which don't need the high street to access. And as for the bus route diversion, I'm sure it will only put off a small percentage of potential customers. The high street provides parking for disabled people only so it's not really going to affect business in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Which business do you run? The st provides parking for all, not just disabled.[/p][/quote]I don't run a business on Ricky High Street cgpc Rob but having looked at streetview on google maps (wonderful tool) and zoomed in on the parking guidelines along the high street (admittedly I only looked on section between Northway and Station Road) there are some designated disabled only spaces, a handful of spaces for up to 20mins only and the rest are loading bays. So, I can't really see how these being inactive for what seems to be two weeks (not four) would have a major effect on businesses on the high street. There are three main car parks for shoppers which the majority of those who drive would use and none of them are on the high street. One of them is access via the Station road to Wensum Road stretch but with three other car parks to choose from, the only business I see really suffering is the owners of the car park in question.[/p][/quote]Until people have run a business in High Sts, don't comment. What do you think about open rent reviews, UBR not linked to turnover. Why does Germany prosper!! Superstores paying about 10% per sq meter in UBR/Heriditament cgpc Rob
  • Score: 0

10:05am Mon 4 Aug 14

garston tony says...

The short notice was a bit crazy, and I have to echo a previous poster and wonder why it is taking so long to do?
The short notice was a bit crazy, and I have to echo a previous poster and wonder why it is taking so long to do? garston tony
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