Business as usual in High Street

TRADERS in Portishead’s High Street have confirmed it is business as usual during a month’s worth of roadworks currently being carried out.

At a briefing held on Friday for retailers concerned about the affect the closure of the High Street could have on trade, it was confirmed that shoppers will still have full pedestrian access to outlets along the busy road.

The works, which began on Monday and will include repairs to the road surface, pavements and drainage system, will last for five weeks and all public car parking in the area, with the exception of in High Street, will be available as normal.

More than 30 representatives from the High Street attended the meeting organised by the town’s chamber of commerce and confirmed that the town’s shops will be fully open for business.

Chamber president Tony Walmsley said: “Representatives from both North Somerset Highways and Balfour Beatty, the contractors, attended the briefing and their presentation allayed many of the fears expressed by retailers over the last few weeks.”