Woolston chip shop sees takings fall by 75 per cent as water works shut roads

Rock 'n' Plaice owner Dean Morris.

Rock 'n' Plaice owner Dean Morris.

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He put all his money into his dream business and everything was going swimmingly.

But now Darren Morris’ Southampton fish and chip shop is being battered by roadworks and losing hundreds of pounds each day.

Southern Water is laying a new pipe in Woolston but road closures are cutting off access to Rock n’ Plaice in Portsmouth Road, and Darren said takings have fallen by 75 per cent and he has had to let some staff go.

Darren, 27, and partner Karina Holmes invested £25,000 in the business and were initially delighted at its early success.

He said: “We’ve put all our money into getting the shop off the ground and before Christmas business was great. But we came back after Christmas to find Southern Water had shut the roads around us and didn’t seem to be interested when I called them up about it.

“We got a letter on January 4 saying works would begin on January 5 and we were told Southern Water would be in contact with local businesses to get them through this.

“They only gave us a day’s notice – it’s not acceptable. The road is closed until the end of February."

He added: “We used to take £400 on a Friday and now we are taking £75. We’ve also had to let one of our staff go because we couldn’t afford to pay them to stand around without customers.”

He added that Southern Water told him he would only be compensated if he suffered an “exceptional loss”.

Southern Water said any business “adversely affected” by the works should contact them.

A spokesman said: “We are laying a new 1.4km length of water main in Woolston to serve the Centenary Quays development.

“The work is progressing well and due to be complete by the end of February. We have worked hard to minimise disruption while the installation is under way but if businesses do feel they have been adversely affected, they should contact us.”

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12:12pm Mon 10 Feb 14

dibsy1984 says...

Nice chips
Nice chips dibsy1984
  • Score: 5

12:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

funchal says...

Get compensation from Southern Water! I would.
Get compensation from Southern Water! I would. funchal
  • Score: 17

12:35pm Mon 10 Feb 14

derek james says...

be lucky to get anything out of them, they've got a licence to print money
be lucky to get anything out of them, they've got a licence to print money derek james
  • Score: 9

12:44pm Mon 10 Feb 14

downfader says...

Now then, they gave MORE than a days notice! The signage was us 6 weeks in advance. I know this because I planned my commute early.
Now then, they gave MORE than a days notice! The signage was us 6 weeks in advance. I know this because I planned my commute early. downfader
  • Score: -2

12:45pm Mon 10 Feb 14

downfader says...

downfader wrote:
Now then, they gave MORE than a days notice! The signage was us 6 weeks in advance. I know this because I planned my commute early.
Us? I mean UP..
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Now then, they gave MORE than a days notice! The signage was us 6 weeks in advance. I know this because I planned my commute early.[/p][/quote]Us? I mean UP.. downfader
  • Score: -4

1:18pm Mon 10 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

derek james wrote:
be lucky to get anything out of them, they've got a licence to print money
Which would make it easier, no?
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: be lucky to get anything out of them, they've got a licence to print money[/p][/quote]Which would make it easier, no? gilbertratchet
  • Score: -2

1:51pm Mon 10 Feb 14

kevinchandler100@talktalk.net says...

derek james wrote:
be lucky to get anything out of them, they've got a licence to print money
You mean flush it it down the pan.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: be lucky to get anything out of them, they've got a licence to print money[/p][/quote]You mean flush it it down the pan. kevinchandler100@talktalk.net
  • Score: 3

1:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

spreadsheetqueen says...

Southern Water should have given everyone more notice. To get legal authorisation to close, they should apply for it 3 months in advance, so letters should have been sent out in Oct/Nov.
I'm a local resident but have not been informed by letter for either this closure or the one before christmas on St Anne's road.
Utility companies need to see things from a different angle instead of just their own. Its a disgrace.
Southern Water should have given everyone more notice. To get legal authorisation to close, they should apply for it 3 months in advance, so letters should have been sent out in Oct/Nov. I'm a local resident but have not been informed by letter for either this closure or the one before christmas on St Anne's road. Utility companies need to see things from a different angle instead of just their own. Its a disgrace. spreadsheetqueen
  • Score: 6

1:56pm Mon 10 Feb 14

kevinchandler100@talktalk.net says...

Sooner the road is reopen the better, as I am fed up with the extra traffic speeding down Radstock road especially the bus number (3).
Sooner the road is reopen the better, as I am fed up with the extra traffic speeding down Radstock road especially the bus number (3). kevinchandler100@talktalk.net
  • Score: 2

2:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

I live near that shop you can still get to it by foot even with the road closed i don't know why he's saying he's losing business
I live near that shop you can still get to it by foot even with the road closed i don't know why he's saying he's losing business Mary80
  • Score: -14

3:10pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Block41row0sfc says...

Mary80 wrote:
I live near that shop you can still get to it by foot even with the road closed i don't know why he's saying he's losing business
Are you stupid?
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: I live near that shop you can still get to it by foot even with the road closed i don't know why he's saying he's losing business[/p][/quote]Are you stupid? Block41row0sfc
  • Score: 10

3:19pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Gizmo1215 says...

Mary80 wrote:
I live near that shop you can still get to it by foot even with the road closed i don't know why he's saying he's losing business
On foot, yes, but passing cars can't stop at all. Unless you the know the Portchester Rd one way route you can't get anywhere near it! It's a good fish and chip shop so I hope they get sorted soon.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: I live near that shop you can still get to it by foot even with the road closed i don't know why he's saying he's losing business[/p][/quote]On foot, yes, but passing cars can't stop at all. Unless you the know the Portchester Rd one way route you can't get anywhere near it! It's a good fish and chip shop so I hope they get sorted soon. Gizmo1215
  • Score: 12

3:21pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Sarfhampton2 says...

He's caught between a Rock Salmon and a hard Plaice but even sole this is a fishy story
He's caught between a Rock Salmon and a hard Plaice but even sole this is a fishy story Sarfhampton2
  • Score: 0

5:06pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

Block41row0sfc wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
I live near that shop you can still get to it by foot even with the road closed i don't know why he's saying he's losing business
Are you stupid?
You clearly don't live anywhere near it i LIVE VERY CLOSE TO IT dumbass and many houses are WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE. Are people on this section stupid or something its not like NOBODY has **** access they can still get to it.
[quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: I live near that shop you can still get to it by foot even with the road closed i don't know why he's saying he's losing business[/p][/quote]Are you stupid?[/p][/quote]You clearly don't live anywhere near it i LIVE VERY CLOSE TO IT dumbass and many houses are WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE. Are people on this section stupid or something its not like NOBODY has **** access they can still get to it. Mary80
  • Score: -11

5:12pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Norwegian Saint says...

The water company have no sole. (sorry)
The water company have no sole. (sorry) Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 0

5:12pm Mon 10 Feb 14

downfader says...

Mary80 is right. Whats wrong with walking to the chippy? Or parking down the road and walking from there?

Honestly some people are bl**dy lazy.
Mary80 is right. Whats wrong with walking to the chippy? Or parking down the road and walking from there? Honestly some people are bl**dy lazy. downfader
  • Score: -6

5:21pm Mon 10 Feb 14

southy says...

Think himself lucky he not in Virgin Media internet area 21 and rely,s on the internet for business, it is running very slow and intermittent, It went down on the 5th Feb and not expected to be fix before 5th March
Think himself lucky he not in Virgin Media internet area 21 and rely,s on the internet for business, it is running very slow and intermittent, It went down on the 5th Feb and not expected to be fix before 5th March southy
  • Score: -6

5:35pm Mon 10 Feb 14

S!monOn says...

We have close friends who have been running a chippy for well over 15 years and still in trading.

Business after Christmas and New Year each and every year until end of February is always well down, and only starts to pick up from then on.

Plus, with the weather as it is - blaming Southern Water solely for his loss of takings is a little unfair.

To claim anything from Southern Water, he will have to show his historical trading history from prior years to demonstrate the "loss" of trade in this year.
We have close friends who have been running a chippy for well over 15 years and still in trading. Business after Christmas and New Year each and every year until end of February is always well down, and only starts to pick up from then on. Plus, with the weather as it is - blaming Southern Water solely for his loss of takings is a little unfair. To claim anything from Southern Water, he will have to show his historical trading history from prior years to demonstrate the "loss" of trade in this year. S!monOn
  • Score: -1

7:16pm Mon 10 Feb 14

downfader says...

LMAO at the people down-thumbing the comments that say "walk" to the chippy. I bet you all moan like stink about fuel prices! Haha!
LMAO at the people down-thumbing the comments that say "walk" to the chippy. I bet you all moan like stink about fuel prices! Haha! downfader
  • Score: -3

7:48pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Block41row0sfc says...

Mary80 wrote:
Block41row0sfc wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
I live near that shop you can still get to it by foot even with the road closed i don't know why he's saying he's losing business
Are you stupid?
You clearly don't live anywhere near it i LIVE VERY CLOSE TO IT dumbass and many houses are WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE. Are people on this section stupid or something its not like NOBODY has **** access they can still get to it.
Love a bit of fishing.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: I live near that shop you can still get to it by foot even with the road closed i don't know why he's saying he's losing business[/p][/quote]Are you stupid?[/p][/quote]You clearly don't live anywhere near it i LIVE VERY CLOSE TO IT dumbass and many houses are WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE. Are people on this section stupid or something its not like NOBODY has **** access they can still get to it.[/p][/quote]Love a bit of fishing. Block41row0sfc
  • Score: 2

8:01am Tue 11 Feb 14

Helmeto says...

Hope this bit of exposure helps them, fair play to both of them for starting a business in these tough times where banks & corporations do little to support the small business. All you lot do is bicker about how close you can park! Sad state of affairs, just go buy some chips regardless of how you get there.
Hope this bit of exposure helps them, fair play to both of them for starting a business in these tough times where banks & corporations do little to support the small business. All you lot do is bicker about how close you can park! Sad state of affairs, just go buy some chips regardless of how you get there. Helmeto
  • Score: 1

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