Businesses fear loss of trade as repairs delayed

Landslip at Rothbury. Picture bt Steven Bridgett
Landslip at Rothbury. Picture bt Steven Bridgett

Business owners are ‘disappointed’ that repairs to a landslip could be delayed.

News that six to nine months could be added on to the work has been met with concern by business owners who fear that trade could suffer.

Landslip at Rothbury. Picture bt Steven Bridgett

Landslip at Rothbury. Picture bt Steven Bridgett

Morris Adamson, owner of Rothbury Family Butchers, on Townfoot, said: “We should be able to just get over all this red tape and get on with it.

“The sooner it is fixed the better.

“People can still get in, but they need to know that as well.

“The summer is okay so far but I am worried about people not bothering in the winter.”

Loraine Lawson, owner of Coccuveda, on Bridge Street, added: “It is very disappointing that there is another delay on it.

“But we have to get on regardless.”

Coun Steven Bridgett is to raise concerns with Northumberland County Council to see if the delays can be prevented.

He said: “The bigger picture shows that the real savings can come from the contractors that are the most efficient and offer greater value for money to the council.

“After all it is public money being spent, there will be a need for some regulation. But this must not put the focus on procedures to the detriment of the project.”

Drilling is ongoing to find a potential solution to the problems. Once that is complete a report will be drawn up. It’s likely that a number of methods will have to be used to fix the road.