Sign offences leaves roadwork-hit business boss ‘fuming’
Sidmouth Garden Centre hit by theft and vandalism
A ROADWORK hit business was dealt a double blow when special signs - staff had put out to remind motorists it was still open – were stolen and defaced.
Sidmouth Garden Centre bosses say their transactions have plummeted by 40 per cent since a nearby stretch of the A3052 was shut for resurfacing work.
They spent hundreds of pounds on a dozen signs to catch the eye of drivers heading to the town from Exeter – only to see all but two vanish or be damaged within a couple of days.
One of the advertisements in Newton Poppleford, which read ‘garden centre open as usual’, was vandalised and defaced so it said ‘garden centre closed’.
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“It’s left us fuming,” said centre manager James Trevett.
“We don’t know why anyone would do this. The signs were of a legal size and not obstructing anything.
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“From the moment the road closed we’ve been 40 per cent down on transactions – it has smashed our trade.
“Our loyal customers have stuck with us, but passing trade has been lost. We’ve got 52 members of staff here who rely on our income.”