Jobs and businesses are at risk say business leaders in Lisnaskea and Maguiresbridge if proposed Departure of Infrastructure (DFi) plans to close the A34 Lisnagole Road, Lisnaskea for 15 weeks goes ahead. 

The business owners and stakeholders claim they were only informed of the proposals on April 10, 19 days before the works are due to start on April 29 when one lane will be closed for one week. Thereafter, the road will be closed for 15 weeks

A leaflet was circulated highlighting the necessary road diversions to facilitate work to 'Major Bridge' which will bypass many businesses including those at Lisnaskea Business Complex and lead to a "devastating" loss of revenues. 

The businesses affected are meeting representatives from the Department of Infrastructure tomorrow (Tuesday) to voice their opposition to the plans at a DFi Public Consultation meeting. 

David Watson a business owner in the complex said: "There are 15-20 businesses in the Lisnaskea Business Complex alone and the direct entrance to the Complex is being bypassed. Anyone coming to us will have to go the diversion and around the town to get access. We will lose all out passing trade. We have nothing against the works as such but it is the timing of them. We will be demanding at the meeting that the works are suspended and rearranged for a different time of the year. The businesses are saying to me with all the uncertainty over Brexit and now this that they might have to close."

They say that if DFi does not listen to them, the businesses will mount a legal challnege. 

The meeting will take place at the Lisnaskea Business Complex at 12.30pm on Tuesday.