BUSINESSES in Kirton are being urged to claim compensation for lost earnings, following one of the longest periods of roadworks the village has ever seen.
The centre of the village has been virtually cut off to many by roadworks for the past four months, causing shoppers to head out of the area for their goods, it has been claimed.
This weekend saw the end of the maintenance works, by Anglian Water, and now Kirton Parish Council is getting behind retailers to encourage them to fiight for what they have lost.
Chairman Coun Alan Lee said: “It’s affected one of the four main roads into the village, and about 400 properties are on the wrong side of the roadworks.
“There’s been a four-mile diversion to avoid the roadworks, and a lot of people will just go elsewhere.
“I am sure it will get back to normal, but I’m not banking on it too much yet. People can get used to going elsewhere.”
Anglian Water began work to repair a damaged sewer and manhole cover in the spring, but ground conditions meant the emergency work continued well beyond the expected time.
The effects of the work have spread much further than the junction of Willington Road and Church Lane, where it was taking place.
Coun Lee, who is also a borough councillor for Kirton, said: “I do sympathise with the job Anglian Water has had to do, but I think this is one of the worst lots of roadworks we’ve had.
“Four months is a third of a year.”
He added that everyone would be excited to see the road re-open, jokingly adding: “I think we’ll have a street party.”
A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “We are very sorry for the ongoing disruption being caused to residents
“The poor conditions of the ground, the difficult circumstances caused by a high water table, and the unusually wet weather have prevented us completing the repair work as quickly as we would usually expect.
“Throughout this work we have been providing residents and businesses with regular updates.
“In recent weeks we have made good progress on the repair and reconstruction.”