While this is only supposed to be temporary, to close the only access and exit to the town centre even to those of us who live here, from disabled roadside parking for shopping, for deliveries, taxis, and even buses, is not helping businesses apart from the Farmers' market.

Surely stalls could be set up one side of Union St., Cornhill, and even in the derelict Pelican garden.

We were extremely annoyed not to be dropped off the bus by Peacocks today.

It is a long uphill trek from Merrywalks and to the High St. anyway when one has mobility issues which we all three suffer from.

The lift is often out of order,and people do not always need access to the lower parts of the town centre.

I successfully fought this years ago after London Rd. had been one way for some long time.Haydn Sutton and Andrew Watton will remember it well. Jenny and Keith, aged 78 and 79, Margaret 82, all Summer St. Residents.

We also go to Thornbury but at least it is flat, with good charity shops, plus an excellent garden shop too, whose owner has been heavily involved with their 'Bloom' entry for many years. Another Bloom town, like Stroud, Nailsworth and Stonehouse.

Let us hope too that Britain in Bloom will be able to run next year. The displays this summer are as good as ever despite no contest. But please reopen London Road ASAP we all need access through, in, and out of Our town centre.

Some Town councillors appear to be lacking in local knowledge and precedents. You are there to represent our interests, not to make life even more difficult for us.

Jenny Bailey One of the first members of the newly created town council in 1990, who started Stroud in Bloom as well with the late Sheila Maddock.