A THREE-week road closure in Herefordshire that caused concern amongst pub owners has been postponed.

The C1206 from C1205 to Crossway, Michaelchurch Escley was due to temporarily close for 24 hours a day from tomorrow (August 3) for the installation of new drainage.

But Herefordshire Council’s highways team Balfour Beatty has announced this will be postponed, when that will happen has not been made clear.

The diversion was due to take drivers on a six-mile-long detour around the village.


The Bull's Head, in Craswall, was due to be affected by the road closure.

Landlord Jake Townley previously said as a rural hospitality business this time of year is crucial to build a financial reserve that sees us through the quieter winter months.

"This is especially poignant given the challenges that our industry is facing at the moment," he said.

"Any disruption to normal trading conditions should be avoided wherever possible."

The Bridge Inn, in Michael Escley, was also due to be affected.


Landlord Mickey Provis said the road closure would have been detrimental as it is currently a busy time of the year, and the pub would have lost a lot of business.

Several of his friends and acquaintances have contacted Herefordshire Council with concerns over the road closure but have been met with unhelpful replies.

"Herefordshire Council is a bunch of irresponsible timewasters," he said.

Herefordshire Council spokesperson said: “The scheduled drainage works on the C1206 Michaelchurch Escley have been postponed due to the impact the road closure would have on local businesses and farmers during the peak summer period.

"We’re working with the local community to minimise disruption and the works will be carried out at a later date.”