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Big headache for smallest house
Smallest House Conwy
A path has been left clear for visitors to get to the smallest house
The smallest house in Britain is suffering from a big problem - roadworks.

Owner Margaret Williams said visitor numbers have fallen by 50% since construction work began along Conwy's quayside on a new path and cycleway.

She criticised the timing of the work outside the Quay House, which measures 10ft (3.05 metres) by 6ft (1.8m).

A Conwy council spokesperson said the work had been delayed by the late delivery of some materials.

The scheme would benefit residents and visitors in the end, the spokesperson added.

But Ms Williams said: "I don't understand why the council did not make sure the work was only done during the winter when most of our businesses, apart from the pub, are closed anyway."

SMALLEST HOUSE FACTS
It measures 72 inches wide and 122 inches high
It was occupied until May 1900
It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records
It was lived in by a Robert Jones who was 6ft 3ins tall
It was built in a gap between two terraces

"I keep records of the number of visitors we have and compared to this time last year we are down 50%," she added.

Licensee of the Liverpool Arms public house near the Smallest House, Jonathan Roberts, also criticised the work's timing.

"I don't dislike the scheme, its got to be done, but I was down a few thousand pounds last week, compared to the same time last year," he said.

Arthur Griffiths who sells ice-cream and refreshments on the quay added: "I'm worried that Conwy will become too pretty, pretty, because visitors come here because of the tradition."

Jonathan Roberts
Jonathan Roberts said the tourist trade made a "massive difference" to his takings

John Foulkes is a former fisherman who visits the quay most days.

"It's a mystery to me why they've done the work now," he said.

Conwy council said the hard landscaping and flood defence work was part of the Conwy Strategic Route, and would create a coastal path for pedestrians and cyclists to link the communities of Llandudno, Conwy, Deganwy and Glan Conwy.

"When the route is completed it will improve access for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities, whilst protecting habitats such as the dune system because the route is formalised," said their spokesperson.

'Pedestrian access open' and 'Businesses open' signs had been put up in the area, added the spokesperson.




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