Business owners in Norfolk Street are up in arms after they claim workmen replacing pavements damaged their premises.
Contractors from Skanska, working on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council, have been working on the pavements during night works.
But several businesses were shocked to discover their premises had been damaged overnight last week, apparently by the contractors working outside the shops.
At Dean’s Hair, Health and Beauty, a large section of granite facing broke off and smashed and other sections were chipped. Owner Dean Partridge said it’s lucky the section did not fall on someone’s leg.
Over the road at Stylistics, tiles were cracked and a gap has been left between the new pavement and the front of the shop, leading owner Lesley Hayward to worry about water collecting there.
At Fenland Exotics, a finished section of pavement dips in front of the entrance, leaving a lip between the pavement and the tiled frontage that someone could easily trip over. And at Taste of Paradise opposite, the doorstep has been pushed up making it almost impossible to close the front door properly.
Lesley, from Stylistics, is furious and said: “It looks a mess. What they really need to do is to use the street as a thoroughfare. The paths are not even wheelchair or pushchair friendly. All the parking needs to be stopped, they need to get the paths upgraded. I don’t know why they’ve wasted money doing this.”
The affected businesses have contacted the county council to complain and are being sent claim forms. But they are unhappy with the general state of the work. Along the path there are sections that are uneven and the kerb stones are not level, leading to potential trip hazards. There are also some loose sections of concrete that owners fear could be used to damage premises.
A spokesman for contractor Skanska said: “We always aim to carry out high quality work and get things right first time. We do take very seriously any concerns raised by the local community. We will carry out an investigation and liaise with Cambridgeshire County Council to take appropriate action.
“We have already identified some repairs which need to be carried out, and are in process of arranging these. We are always happy for people to get in touch if they want to raise any concerns, so please contact us.”