Pub business washed away

The mess that was left in the cellar of the Three Tuns last year after a water main burst.
The mess that was left in the cellar of the Three Tuns last year after a water main burst.

A Wisbech pub is preparing to close its doors on Saturday after a burst water main last year washed away its business.

The landlords of the Three Tuns in Norwich Road, Teresa Pope and Roger Harrison, lay the blame at Anglian Water’s door and claim they have not received the proper compensation.

The pub was closed for more than three months last year after a burst water main in nearby Duke Street sent seven feet of water gushing into the cellar.

Teresa, who has run the pub for the last 20 years, said: “We lost 90 per cent of our customers. Roger has been using his own money to keep the place afloat. But we just can’t do it anymore.

“Roger has been in hospital for the last two months. I was taken in after I collapsed, trying to do too much.”

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “We’re very sorry for the flooding and disruption to the Three Tuns caused by a burst water main last year. Ever since this happened we’ve been working to put things right and to compensate both the tenants and the brewery.

“Last month we agreed a compensation payment to Mr Harrison for the water damage, loss of stock and the interruption to his business. This was the amount submitted by Mr Harrison’s loss adjuster.

“We have also been working with the brewery, which owns the pub, to put right the structural damage so the business could reopen. Regrettably, the extent of the damage meant the pub was closed longer than was initially hoped. The interruption of business for this extended period was reflected in the compensation paid to the tenants.

“Since these payments have been made we have also received a solicitor’s letter on behalf of the tenants for further compensation. This is now being considered by our loss adjusters.”