BUSINESS owners on Dodworth Road claim their trade has been ruined by recent roadworks.

One shopkeeper, who has a sandwich shop, claims he took just 85p on Tuesday.

The roadworks - put up by Yorkshire Water - are due to last six weeks and have meant the closure of the road heading towards the M1.

Drivers who would normally park and nip into shops near the Townend roundabout are now unable to stop.

Cenk Zilce opened the Bite Me sandwich shop on Dodworth Road four months ago.

"I'm trying to establish a business but I can't because of this. It's crippling me," he said. "It's absolutely no good, 85p in one day is terrible. It's not my premises so I'm paying rent and paying for the water and electricity."

Nearby florist Dennis Beevers has also been affected. Owner Simon Curley said: "It's been very quiet. We rely on people parking across the road, coming in and picking up flowers. This couldn't have come at a worse time with Mother's Day coming up. It's usually the best day of the year for us."

Yorkshire Water say it's done its best in notifying everyone who will be affected.

They will also be cutting off the water supply to some businesses on Monday - but will be providing bottles of water to compensate for the businesses not being able to use their taps.