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Roadworks cost Roseland landlords thousands

By WBEsme  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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Heartbroken: Andrew and Niki Law from the Kings Head.

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TWO landlords from the Roseland are “heartbroken” after constant roadworks have cost their business thousands of pounds.

Niki and Andrew Law from the Kings Head in Ruan Lanihorne, have been left reeling after almost a month’s worth of road works have cut off access to their livelihood.

The pair, who have acknowledged that the road and water works need to be done, are incensed at Cornwall Council and South West Water’s lack of communication or signage.

Difficulties started three weeks ago when Cornwall Council began filling in potholes at one end of the unmarked road which leads to the Kings Head.

After enduring two and a half weeks of reduced custom the landlords were horrified to be told by a customer that South West Water were starting mains works at the other end of the road this week.

Mrs Law said: “Neither Cornwall Council or South West Water let us know about the works before they started, if they had, then we could have let our customers know.

“We appreciate that they have go to do the works but how hard can it be to pick up the phone or send an email or letter?

Neither authority has put up signs saying that the pub, which gets a lot of passing trade and restaurant recommendations from across the county, was open for business.

This is not the first time roadworks have caused problems for the Law’s.

In 2010 and 2011, the road leading to the pub was closed at one end with no signage telling drivers that the Kings Head was open.

Mrs Law added: “We are the only business in the village and we have had a really hard winter and it is not the first time they have done it.

“I’m just so upset and angry about this yet again, it is so inconsiderate.

“The pub is our livelihood and our home.

“It’s heart-breaking and nobody ever takes the wrap.”

South West Water have offered their apologies to the couple.

A spokesman from the company said: “We have ordered a sign to alert customers of the Kings Head, in Ruan Lanihorne, that the pub is still open during the road closure and accessible via the diversion route.

“We apologise to customers inconvenienced by this essential work.”

Despite repeated requests, Cornwall Council did not respond with information on this issue.

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