Roadworks in Medbourne may shut village shop

Medbourne post office shop owner Kerry Flavell is worried local roadworks will shut her down.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Medbourne post office shop owner Kerry Flavell is worried local roadworks will shut her down. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Major roadworks in a Harborough district village could force the only shop for miles around to close, the shop’s owner said this week.

Kerry Flavell, the proprieter of Medbourne village shop and post office, says her takings are down by £700 a week since the work started.

Medbourne post office shop owner Kerry Flavell is worried local roadworks will shut her down.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Medbourne post office shop owner Kerry Flavell is worried local roadworks will shut her down. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The £250,000 improvement scheme, by Severn Trent, is to replace two kilometres of water pipes in the village, and will last 14 weeks.

Sarah-Jayne O’Kane, from Severn Trent, explained: “This work is really important to make sure that water supplies for our customers are reliable going forward.”

But Kerry (52), who lives in Hallaton and has run the Medbourne shop for 14 years, said: “I love this job and don’t want to lose my business. But I can see after 14 weeks of this, I won’t have a business left.

“There are diversion signs and ‘road closed’ signs for miles around, and they don’t make sense” she said.

“People think they can’t get into Medbourne, so they give us a wide berth, and so the post office and shop suffers.”

Another local resident, who asked not to be named, said the signage around 
Medbourne was “shambolic”.

Severn Trent’s Ms O’Kane said: “We started working in Main Street last week and to make sure we can keep everyone safe we’ve had to close Main Street and Uppingham Road while we’re laying the new pipes there.

“We’re aware that our work may have an impact on local business and we’re speaking to those affected.

“We’ve put additional signs out to tell everyone that businesses are open as usual and we’ll work to compensate any business that feels they have been affected as a direct result of our scheme.

“We really don’t want to cause any more disruption than we have to while working in the area, and we’d encourage anyone with concerns to come and talk to us.”