Cardiff council has been accused of “strangling small business” after a road junction change in Canton.
The junction change, where Lansdowne Road and Cowbridge Road meet at the bottom end of Canton, was completed last year and naturally directs traffic coming into Cardiff up Lansdowne Road.
According to local traders it has caused a noticeable drop in foot-fall and passing trade on the Cowbridge Road shopping strip.
And local buisness’s now want the council to erect a sign telling passers by of their existence.
Stavros, owner of Stavros’s fish bar said: “The road change has taken away a massive chunk of my business. I live and die on passing trade and now, if you haven’t been to Canton before you wouldn’t even know Cowbridge Road was here.”
Tim Fowler, of Canton Cobbler said: “We have seen a noticeable drop in traffic since the junction change. A sign could make a big difference to us, more passers by equals more trade.”
Richard Winder, owner of Richard’s Framing on the road: “Anything which can help in the time of a recession is a bonus. I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be a benefit.”
Kishwar Siddique who runs the Londis said: “It has made life very difficult for business’s at the end nearest the junction. People are just missing us all together.”
Canton Councillor Ramesh Patel said: “It’s something I will definately propose to council. We need to make sure that Cowbridge Road continues to thrive and the council should be helping small business’s in this time.
“With business rates proposed to rise by 4.3 per cent I think the council should be taking every measure it can to keep local business afloat and I see no reason why a sign wouldn’t help.”
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