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Mold traders work together to keep town open for business

SHOPKEEPERS in Mold are working together to ensure the town stays open for business – despite gas works causing road closures in the town centre.

Concerned retailers set up the Mold Independent Traders Group after hearing the Wales and West Utilities works would be carried out from June 11 for about 30 weeks.

More than 50 traders signed a letter sent to Wales and West Utilities, Mold Town Council and Flintshire County Council to raise some of the potential problems.

Sue Black, who owns Aphrodyte on Wrexham Street and helped to set up the group, said: “Mold Independent Traders Group is not an association, we just got together because we wanted to put a few ideas forward.

“At the moment work is on track and is not causing too much disruption with traffic congestion. Everybody is very apprehensive, which is why we want people to know that Mold is still open and you will still get the same friendly service, you might just have to add an extra five minutes on to your trip.”

Anthony Parry, chairman of business group Mold 2000, said: “The town has still been busy and everybody’s starting to take a positive slant on the work.

“They appreciate the work has got to be done and the last thing we wanted was an explosion on the High Street.

“Mold is bucking the trend and in terms of the number of empty units we are below the national average.”

The work will be carried out in phases and roads which will be affected include Chester Street, High Street, Pwll Glas, Milford Street, Meadow Place, Wrexham Street, Earl Road and Tyddyn Street.

Town centre manager Dave Hill said: “While the gas mains replacement is critical work that has to be done, all traders and the town council, alongside Flintshire County Council, are working hard to minimise the impact.

“To be fair there has been hardly any disruption to traffic after the first few days.”

A spokesman for Wales and West Utilities said: “We are carrying out essential mains replacement work in Wrexham Street, Mold, which will help bring improved safety and security of supply to homes and businesses in the area.

“The work continues on from the scheme we completed in 2009.

“To ensure local people are aware of our plans, we held a public information day and have undertaken regular consultations with members of the local council, residents and representatives from the local Chamber of Commerce acting on behalf of local traders.”