Business 'forced out of town' over bridge row

Warrington Guardian: The temporary bridge The temporary bridge

BUSINESSES say they are moving out of town as the bridge row at Fiddlers Ferry continues to rumble on.

Mike Carroll has run fairground supply company Events With A Difference from the trading estate for 20 years.

He has already moved to equipment including a carousel often used in the town centre to Frodsham.

Problems with a replacement bridge installed at the site by Warrington Borough Council means part of the estate cannot be properly accessed.

Mr Carroll said: “Issues with the bridge means lorries and larger vehicles are unable to reach businesses.

“It is slowing us down and costing us money.

“Ultimately it will mean I have to move away.”

The temporary replacement bridge was installed in October by council workers.

From the outset, business owners have claimed it does not fit.

Mr Carroll criticised communication from the Town Hall.

He added: “It’s not the council’s fault the bridge collapsed, but the communication has been shocking.

“It’s like they are putting two fingers up and saying get on with it yourselves.”

Work on a permanent bridge is expected to start in February, six months after a lorry fell through Marsh House Bridge.

The council bought it from the Duchy of Lancaster.

Phil Parker owns part of the trading estate, and Fiddlers Ferry Caravans.

He provides storage for caravan owners and has lost 12 customers since the collapse as caravans cannot cross the bridge.

Mr Parker said: “The new bridge is supposed to be in in February, but with the council you just don’t know.

“We’ll have to wait and see.

“My problem is that owners will want to collect their caravans in March to use, so if it’s not sorted by then I’ll lose more customers.

“It’s a never ending, desperate situation and you never know where you’re up to.

“The council doesn’t seem to care.”

A spokesman for Warrington Borough Council said: “When the temporary bridge was installed there were a few minor issues but they were quickly resolved.

"Since then we have not been made aware of any issues but if businesses do have specific concerns they are welcome to contact the council on 01925 443322.”

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5:02pm Sun 8 Dec 13

ninearches says...

I trust these companies have had generous business rate & council tax refunds ,but their good trading names will be another matter .

I am sure the council would have responded more quickly if it had been a council car park that was affected.
I trust these companies have had generous business rate & council tax refunds ,but their good trading names will be another matter . I am sure the council would have responded more quickly if it had been a council car park that was affected. ninearches

11:45am Mon 9 Dec 13

The Maestro says...

why not make an insurance claim for lose of earnings against the wagon driver who caused the bridge to collapse?
why not make an insurance claim for lose of earnings against the wagon driver who caused the bridge to collapse? The Maestro

7:30am Thu 12 Dec 13

Nick Tessla says...

ninearches wrote:
I trust these companies have had generous business rate & council tax refunds ,but their good trading names will be another matter .

I am sure the council would have responded more quickly if it had been a council car park that was affected.
It should have been the owner of the bridge (i.e. The Queen) who should have acted rather than gaining financially from the situation.

Obviously I mean her management - I wouldn't have expected her to do the job herself - a hard hat would have mussed up the royal barnet.
[quote][p][bold]ninearches[/bold] wrote: I trust these companies have had generous business rate & council tax refunds ,but their good trading names will be another matter . I am sure the council would have responded more quickly if it had been a council car park that was affected.[/p][/quote]It should have been the owner of the bridge (i.e. The Queen) who should have acted rather than gaining financially from the situation. Obviously I mean her management - I wouldn't have expected her to do the job herself - a hard hat would have mussed up the royal barnet. Nick Tessla

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