A CRUMBLING road surface which has affected shoppers and traders for five years has finally been repaired.
The layby which leads on to the precinct of five shops in Cedar Road, Kettering, has been repaired a month after the Evening Telegraph reported the problems.
The revamp, which has included resurfacing the road, has brought relief to traders who have been asking for repairs for five years.
Maurice Patel, who runs Cedar News in the parade, said: “About two weeks after the Evening Telegraph ran the story on the problems we had, someone from the county council came out to look at the surface.
“They had repaired it within a few weeks and it is a lot better, I’m very pleased. It was in a really bad state, it was dangerous for customers and it was putting them off coming to my store and the other shops here. We’ve been asking for about five years for the repairs and already our customers are saying it is much better.”
Mr Patel, who runs the shop with his wife Vasanti, has already said trade has picked up since the repairs.
The couple lobbied the county council along with a nearby resident and ward councillor Paul Corazzo.
Cllr Corazzo said: “The service road leading into the parade was in a dire condition.
“Now it does look a lot nicer, the parade was in a poor state a few years ago but it’s now heading in the right direction.
“I’d like to thank the Evening Telegraph for putting it in the shop window.
“Potholes in Cedar Road are still a problem though, but we’ve reported them.”