French Bakehouse owner Barry Dawson says it is impossible for the affected businesses to recover from the loss of trade while the Esplanade is closed to traffic.
French Bakehouse owner Barry Dawson says it is impossible for the affected businesses to recover from the loss of trade while the Esplanade is closed to traffic. Robyne Cuerel

Scarness shop owner says council timing is 'absolute crap'

SCARNESS shops are missing out on peak tourism trade as Fraser Coast Council roadworks choke the Esplanade.

French Bakehouse owner Barry Dawson said the closure of the Esplanade this week came after two months of disruptions while a series of paved pedestrian crossings are replaced with stamped asphalt crossings.

With a week's notice, Mr Dawson said it was impossible for the strip of businesses to recover from the loss of trade while the road was closed to traffic.

"Why now, in the middle of the tourism season, are council doing works in the main street?" Mr Dawson said.

"The timing is absolute crap - we're down $2500 on this time last year, even though there are more people are in town.

"There's nothing urgent about what they are doing. It really could have waited until the quiet months."

Mr Dawson said his bakery shop had been affected by the detour and roadworks at each stage of the four-stage project.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council said crews were working on completing the final crossing.

"Due to the nature of the work, sections of the esplanade will be closed during the day to allow machinery to operate on the road," Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell said.

Cr O'Connell said the area should return to one-lane traffic control conditions by Friday, weather permitting.



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