shop owner's sit-in protest over council pavement work
angry shop owner in Highbridge has held a sit-in protest outside
his shop this week during a dispute over safety with Somerset
Chedzoy of Baytree Upholstery is fuming that the council is refusing
to resurface the small tarmac entrance to his shop in Church Street
at the same time as it carries out pavement resurfacing.
claims the council's planned work will create a trip hazard for
his customers at the edge of the tarmac area.
pictured here, set up a chair outside his shop this week to prevent
the contractors from starting their work outside his business
while he continues talks with the council.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I came outside on Wednesday morning
to find the council contractors cutting a line in the pavement
running along the front of my shop's doorway and the flat next
door. I couldn't believe that they were planning to do half a
job and not a full job."
not tarmacing the whole section, they are potentially going to
create a trip hazard just to save a few pennies for a tiny bit
of extra tarmac. I am in favour of them doing the resurfacing
of the pavement - it's been desperately needed for years - but
they should be doing a full and proper job."
added: "I phoned the council and they said they'd see if
they could sort something out in a couple of days, but I explained
that won't be any good because they're digging up the pavement
an hour a man from the council who's in charge of the contractors
called me and said he'd try to sort something out. But then I
looked outside to see the contractors trying to start to dig up
the pavement. I said no, put a chair outside and sat there and
asked them to send someone from the council to sort it out."
added: "I've had no notice about this work - I didn't know
it was going on until they tried to start the job."
spokesman for Somerset County Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are currently carrying out some footway resurfacing works
along Church Street in Highbridge. Regrettably, these works were
disrupted by a member of the public who wanted us to resurface
an area of private land outside his property."
have a responsibility to maintain our roads and pavements, but
we are not able to carry out work on private land for obvious
reasons. We hope to return and complete the footway resurfacing."