Lowestoft businesses seek compensation over sewer repairs

Lowestoft businesses could seek compensation amid claims that traffic problems caused by sewer repairs had disrupted their trade.

Traders are discussing whether to unite and take legal action against Anglia Water after a �130,000 scheme to repair a collapsed sewer caused six weeks of traffic congestion.

The announcement came today after a meeting was held between business leaders, Waveney MP Peter Aldous, representatives from Waveney District Council and Anglia Water to discuss the works at Station Square, which began on January 21 and ended at the beginning of March.

Anglia Water welcomed a potential compensation claim and agreed to listen to a list of town projects they may contribute to in the future.

Meanwhile, Mr Aldous agreed to write a letter to the Highways Authority about the traffic disruption caused to motorists.


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Mr Aldous, who held the meeting at his constituency office in Lowestoft, said: 'It was a serious meeting. It didn't develop into a slanging match.

'Because the council and the traders had some salient points to get over, Anglia Water were prepared to listen.'

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The work started on Monday, January 23, and was due to last five weeks. However, Anglian Water then announced the repairs were due for an early finish on February 8 – only for both deadlines to pass because of problems with the installation of a new sewer line, which involved using a robot.

A spokesman from Anglia Water said: 'We have welcomed the idea of the traders coming together to approach us for

compensation.

'Any future projects presented to Anglia Water to play a possible part in will be considered, but we cannot confirm yes or no at this stage.

'We felt it was a productive meeting and we have come away with methods so we can communicate better which will be positive for the area in the long term future.'

ben.woods@archant.co.uk

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