firm seeks compensation for 'disruptive' street roadworks
Burnham-On-Sea business has this week asked the Town Council for
compensation after disruption caused by pavement roadworks in
the High Street.
Clerk Denise Emery said at a public meeting of the council's Town
Projects Committee that David Bull Optometrists in the High Street
has written to the council.
have received a letter asking us to consider compensation following
the noise and disturbance caused by the installation of a new
electricity box outside the business," she confirmed. "It
says that its business and customers were affected during the
the matter was not welcomed by town councillors. Cllr Louise Parkin
said: "I lost hundreds of pounds of business last year when
work was carried out outside the Pavilion, but I did not seek
compensation. It's not normal to ask for compensation for temporary
repair or work like this. The
improvements in the town centre will benefit businesses in the
long run with increased revenue."
David Bull told Burnham-On-Sea.com he did not directly request
compensation from the council: "Firstly my e-mail to the
Town Centre Manager simply asked whom I should contact should
we consider claiming in the event of further disturbance and disruption.
To date we have received no notification of the dates when work
will be carried out and have had to put up with noise and dirt
coming into our premises as a result."
added: "Much of our work involves communicating with our
clients and even for those with good hearing this became difficult.
As such the impact on our business is not comparable to that on
an amusement arcade. It remains to be seen whether these
changes will be beneficial to those businesses most affected.
We have not sought compensation and would only do so in extreme
circumstances. Care for our patients remains our sole priority."
new electricity box has been installed on the pavement in the
High Street by the Town Council to enable local community groups
to hold events there.
installation is part of a package of improvements amounting to
£440,000 funded by Tesco to offset the expansion of its
Burnham store, along with grants from the Town Council and former
South West Regional Development Agency. The work aims to enhance
the appearance of Burnham town centre to encourage more shoppers