Sheffield businesswoman’s tears after roadworks cut her firm off

Abbie Armitage says business at her Barber Shop on Leppings Lane has been badly affected by the ongoing road works in the area
Abbie Armitage says business at her Barber Shop on Leppings Lane has been badly affected by the ongoing road works in the area
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A businesswoman broke down in tears as she spoke of roadworks which are strangling her firm – preventing customers from reaching her.

Mum Abbie Armitage, who has run The Barber Shop on Leppings Lane, Hillsborough for a year, said she had sometimes taken as little as £10 a day since the work to replace the roundabout nearby with a traffic-light controlled crossroads began.

Abbie Armitage says business at her Barber Shop on Leppings Lane has been badly affected by the ongoing road works in the area

Abbie Armitage says business at her Barber Shop on Leppings Lane has been badly affected by the ongoing road works in the area

The work is part of changes to the layout near the site of the new Sainsbury’s being built off Penistone Road, and means drivers cannot turn right from Halifax Road into Leppings Lane.
They are also diverted from other directions.

Abbie said she had contacted Sheffield Council to ask for help but nobody had returned her calls. She said several businesses are suffering.

She told The Star: “Today I have taken £10. I can’t financially cope any longer. I’ve never been this quiet. Three customers have rung me and said they were stuck in traffic so long they had to go back to work.

“There’s nobody walking past either – it is completely dead.”

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Motorists have also complained about the disruption caused by the works and other road changes taking place on Penistone Road.

Driver Tim Zilstra said: “It is becoming ridiculous, such a mess, and taking twice as long as it could have done.”

Andrew Hodgson added: “I no longer use Morrisons, McDonald’s or B&Q due to the left turn only.”

Sainsbury’s said the work to the former roundabout should be complete by the end of this month.

Further works will take place to the store’s entrance on Claywheels Lane and be complete by mid-November.

The right-hand turn on to Leppings Lane will be reinstated.

He added: “We understand there have been some concerns and we are doing everything we can to minimise short term disruption.

“The works will improve the area’s traffic flow in future and we are working closely with Sheffield Council.”