A MAIN road in Cardigan town centre is set to be closed for 12 weeks.

College Row is to be shut by Ceredigion County Council from Tuesday, May 8 as further repair work is carried out on the roof of the Market Hall.

Scaffolding surrounding the iconic building has only just been taken down after well over a year but now fresh work is due to start. The previous work had a big impact on traders in the Market Hall.

News of the closure caused concern when it was raised at a meeting of the town council.

Cllr Catrin Miles said: “I feel very strongly about this as it is a long time and runs well into the holiday season. It will have a big effect on those businesses on College Row itself and also on the market traders as well.

“I am going to ask if it is possible to have a rolling closure and at least then there would be some traffic able to use it.

“It could not be worse really. If they close the road completely it will be very difficult for businesses there.”

Cllr John-Adams Lewis hoped the road could be kept open, even if it was only one-way.

“I cannot understand why they have to close it completely,” he said.

“We also need to know why it will take so much time. Very often scaffolding goes up and then nothing happens until the following week. We cannot allow that to happen.

“The last time scaffolding went up around the building it was only meant to be there for three months but ended up being there for more than a year. We need to keep a close eye on this as it is too easy for people in an office to close the road but they are not the ones suffering as a result.”

A letter is to be sent to Ceredigion County Council asking for details of why the road is to be shut for so long.