Gorleston High Street: Business as usual but no sign of what caused …


Gorleston High Street closed to all traffic after a hole appeared in the road on Friday afternoon.< />
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<p>   <em>Gorleston High Street closed to all traffic after a hole appeared in the road on Friday afternoon. The scene on Monday afternoon.</p>
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          Lauren Rogers lauren.rogers@archant.co.uk<br />
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        Tuesday, June 11, 2013<br />
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<p>Traders on Gorleston High Street are reminding customers it is business as usual despite the closure of the town s main road.</p>
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Norfolk County Council is today due to start excavation work as investigations continue into what caused a hole to appear in the middle of the High Street four days ago. Meanwhile, businesses have reported a significant drop in trade and want to remind people they remain open. Victor Ling, who runs Bakers Photographic in Lowestoft Road just off the high street, said his sales were down 32 per cent on Saturday after Road Closed signs were put up.

Trade is being badly affected with a lot of people assuming the shops are closed, said Mr Ling. We just want to remind people that businesses are open as usual. Brian Durrant, owner of Keith s Butchers on the High Street, said many shops cannot afford to take another hit.

It s bad enough as it is, without something like this happening, he said. The road cannot be closed for a whole week; we can put a man on the moon in three days. This is the main road through town, and the main bus route.

Closing it is having a real impact on everyone. We re lucky that we have a car park at the back, but we are losing a lot of passing trade. The usually busy shopping strip was shut by police just before 4pm on Friday when a small section of road surface outside the QD Stores caved in, revealing a deep cavern below.

It was initially thought a collapsed sewer was to blame, but Anglian Water yesterday said a detailed survey of sewers in the area revealed they were all in working order and there are no known disused sewers running under the road. A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said signs have gone up to inform people that the High Street businesses are open as usual. Once we know where the utility services are we will be able to start excavating, he said.

And once that has been carried out we will know how big the void is and how long the repair is likely to take.

A diversion is in place for traffic and temporary bus stop running on Church Lane.

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