Landlord says The Ram Inn can't survive effect of road closure
10:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A LANDLORD says he has been forced to close his pub because the business is unable to survive the effect of a road closure.
The Ram Inn, in South Woodchester will open for the last time on Saturday night, before resurfacing starts on the Bath Road, which will be closed on Sundays for six weeks.
Landlord Philip McAsey said: "We have survived fire, recession and bucked the trend to build up what is a successful and busy public house.
"However, Sundays make up a third of our weekly turnover and without them we can't make the sums add up.
"So left in the dark about the plans and with no information to guide me, I have little option but to lay off my staff hang a closed sign on the front door little less than a year after reopening."
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Resurfacing roads is a priority and this section of road has been identified as being in need of repair."
Richard Gray, highways manager for Gloucestershire Highways, added: "I would like to reassure people that businesses in Woodchester will still be open during our roadworks, if Sundays are their normal operating hours. Open businesses can be accessed via local roads."
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