The chip shop informed its customers ‘with the heaviest of hearts’ that it was having to close after losing ‘nearly half its business’
A chippy in Cheshire has announced its closure and claimed the ‘constant roadworks’ have taken away nearly half its business. Fishy Business in Crewe posted the closing down notice on its Facebook page this week.
The Minshull New Road-based business made the announcement with ‘a very sad heart’ and said the recent roadworks in the town had been ‘pushing all the traffic’ down its road. The owners said the continuing issues had seen the chippy lose ‘nearly half’ of its business.
The post read: “It is with a very sad heart we must tell you that we have made the hard decision that we must shut the chippy for good. The constant roadworks between West Street and now pushing all the traffic down Minshull New Road mean that it has taken away nearly half our business.
“This really isn’t something we wanted to do but the council have left us with no choice. Many thanks for your loyalty and support and we are sorry to have had to do this.”
The chippy has been popular among customers in the town, particularly for its regular Greek Meze Night. Many of those customers reacted sadly to the news of its closure.
Ian Simpson said: “That’s awful and sad news. As a recent convert to the shop via the Greek Night I will certainly miss the food and the friendliness of the staff. May I wish all involved every success in whatever ventures come next. Thank you.”
And Sophie Windley said: “This is so sad to hear and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. We don’t visit the chip shop but go past almost every single day. Such a shame to see another business gone I wish you all the best.”
Minshull New Road has been heavily affected by the current roadworks that are part of the North West Crewe Package (NWCP), which began on May 9. They are set to last for 80 weeks – until around November next year.
Currently, Middlewich Road is shut between Smithy Lane and Pyms Lane and will be until October. But instead of using the recommended diversion route, many motorists are using Minshull New Road to get around the closure.
The southbound diversion route suggested by the council is via Flowers Lane, Bradfield Road, Sydney Road, University Way, Shavington Bypass and Nantwich Bypass. Northbound traffic is the same route but reversed.
It is hoped the North West Crewe Package (NWCP) will improve roads and junctions around the Leighton area. As well as easing congestion, the aim is to improve access to Leighton Hospital while bringing ‘opportunities housing developments and for local businesses to expand’.
This includes for the delivery of 1,250 homes in the area off Leighton Road. The two plans, one for 850 houses and another for 400, were approved by Cheshire East Council in 2020.
The improvements will include: the construction of a new 2.6km single carriageway road; seven new roundabouts; the realignment of Smithy Lane; Flowers Lane junction improvements on A530 Middlewich Road and Minshull New Road; and extension of the Connect 2 walking and cycling route to Leighton Hospital and North West Crewe.
A section of Minshull New Road outside Leighton Academy will also be permanently closed to traffic. This is to create a safer environment for children arriving and departing the school.
A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council, said: “The North West Crewe Package involves the construction of a total of 1.8 miles of new road, together with new junctions and new access routes to development sites. The overall highway works are expected to take approximately 80 weeks, with major works on different sections of the surrounding road network – the A530 Middlewich Road will not be fully closed for all of this time.
“We are continuing to work closely with our main contractors and key stakeholders to address traffic management issues as they arise and continue to make improvements. I would like to remind motorists that a signed diversion route is in place, details of which can also be found on our scheme webpage ( North West Crewe Package traffic management ), and urge them to follow this. Minshull New Road is not part of the diversion route.
“The diversion route in place provides a similarly classed road to that being closed, to ensure large vehicles can navigate the closure in safety, and we have worked extremely hard to ensure that the route is minimised as far as possible, without using unsuitable roads and junctions.”
- 05:00, 8 JUN 2022
- UPDATED09:50, 9 JUN 2022