Pub boss fumes at road closure

Had to turn a delivery away: Robin Hood landlord Rex Andrew stands beside the barriers in Horseshoe Road, Spalding. Photo: SG151111-224NG

Had to turn a delivery away: Robin Hood landlord Rex Andrew stands beside the barriers in Horseshoe Road, Spalding. Photo: SG151111-224NG

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PUB landlord Rex Andrew is fuming over Anglian Water’s closure of Horseshoe Road in Spalding because he’s had to turn a delivery away – and customers can’t get in or out of his car park.

Mr Andrew (60) returned from a weekend away to find barriers up at the pub and got straight on the phone.

He is angry with the company for not notifying him or the owners of the 20-30 homes affected.

Speaking to the Spalding Guardian on Monday, Mr Andrew said the company told him it had put a notice in the paper and that was all it was required to do.

He said: “In the end I got a bit shirty with them and put the phone down.”

Yesterday morning he said: “We have not had any work done since I phoned you. It’s just been left there as it is. It’s supposed to be a three-day job. Nobody’s there at the moment.”

His pub fronts Bourne Road but the car park is round the back – and that’s heavily used by customers and delivery vehicles.

Mr Andrew said: “I have had a delivery come and I have had to turn it away.”

Anglian Water has issued a public apology to Mr Andrew and residents and said the work should have been completed by the end of yesterday.

Spokesman John Clare said: “Our contractors have been in Horseshoe Road since Monday to connect a new property to the water main.

“Due to the location of the main, we closed the road on the advice of the highways authority to make sure the work could be carried out as quickly and safely as possible.

“I am very sorry if people feel they were not given proper notice of the work and for any inconvenience the road closure may have caused them.

“Our land agents will be in touch with Mr Andrew to see what we can do to make up for any disruption to his business.”