Baldock shopkeeper’s anger at ongoing work

A SHOP owner has been left infuriated by road works which have resulted in loss of trade.

Work to alleviate road subsidence on Yeomanry Drive, Baldock was started by Hertfordshire Highways on June 18. The planned work was scheduled to be completed in 10 days but is still ongoing.

Owner of Colthall Common Food and Wine store on Yeomanry Drive, Gurcharn Basra said: “I’m loosing between �150 and �200 a day. Hertfordshire Highways keep saying the work will be finished in two weeks but those two weeks never come. My milk sales have gone down because people are not stopping outside my shop anymore. We have been told that the work will be finished in two weeks but I’m not convinced.”

The road has been closed since May 1 from the junctions with Bush Spring and Mercia Road. Since the road closed the cost of work has been between �25,000 and �30,000.

A Hertfordshire Highways spokesperson said: “Work to rectify a problem beneath the carriageway on Yeomanry Drive began in May when a geotechnical survey was carried out to find the exact cause of the fault.

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“It was decided that a foam concrete mixture would be poured into the areas where there are holes under the carriageway, with work beginning in June. This work appeared to solve the issue but upon further exploration it was clear that some of the holes had not been filled properly so a specialist contractor has been appointed to pump foamed concrete directly into the holes to fill the remaining voids. This work which will start on July 23 and - based on the advice we have received from the contractor - we anticipate the road will reopen on July 27.”

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