Rusty girders close walkway

Nigel Lambert who owns Greetings card shop in March and is upset that his business has been effected by the closure of a walk way

Nigel Lambert who owns Greetings card shop in March and is upset that his business has been effected by the closure of a walk way

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March businessman Nigel Lambert is hoping repairs to one of the town’s busiest cut-throughs are completed before the weather warms up.

The owner of Greetings Ltd, the card shop on March Town Bridge, was horrified on Wednesday when surveyors turned up to look at the walkway, which cuts between West End park at the Town Bridge and without warning declared it unsafe.

“I saw all these suits milling around and the next thing I know they are closing the walk-way and they’re telling me the iron girders under the platform up to the rear entrance of my shop are badly carroded and need repairing urgently.

“It was quite a shock, I think they had actually come to look at ways of improving the walkway, which would be very welcome because it could do with ‘tarting up’,” said Mr Lambert.

He is hoping the closure, which could last for several weeks will not affect the card side of his business, but he is worried that the ice cream and Slush Puppy sales he makes during warmer weather could be hit - if the weather finally turns warm.

“Obviously it is affecting the ice cream side of the business at the moment, but if it turns warm, then it could have serious repercussions. I have been on to my landlords Snowmountain Investments and they have been really good.

“They came out straight away to have a look at the situation and have promised to get repairs carried out as quickly as possible in the next two or three weeks.

“Obviously it is something that has happened and is out of people’s control, but I hope the repairs are done as fast as possible,” said Mr Lambert, who added: “I hope whoever was looking at tidying the area up goes ahead with that, this is a popular walkthrough and could be a real asset to the town if more was made of the area by the river.”