Shop owners to meet with council

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ANGUS Council is to arrange an urgent meeting with business owners in Mayfield Terrace who are still waiting for compensation after their shops were devastated by flooding last year.

The flats above the shops were demolished by an Angus Council contractor, but during the work premises were flooded with a deluge of water every time it rained as the temporary roof struggled to keep excess water at bay.

The flooding caused the closure of the post office on several separate occasions while Royal Mail replaced computer and electrical equipment that was damaged.

And other shops including the takeaway Spice of Life claim they are still suffering as a result of the flooding as their interior roof and electrics are ruined.

Shop owners were promised compensation for any loss of business or stock caused by the work to remove the flats.

Almost eight months on, businesses are still waiting for their claims to be processed.

But at Thursday’s meeting of the neighbourhood services committee it was agreed a meeting between the local authority and shop owners should be arranged.

Councillor Donald Morrison was one of the members of the committee calling for action to be taken to speed up the process of compensation being paid to shopkeepers.

He said: “I saw for myself the devastation caused to the shops after rain water poured in from the roof while work was being carried out to remove the flats above.

“It was hoped shopkeepers who had made a claim would be recompensed as quickly as possible. 

“However, despite the first flooding incident in April, never mind the second later that year, the shopkeepers have yet to receive confirmation of when their claims are likely to be concluded.

“These small local businesses are the livelihoods of the shopkeepers and the costs of damaged stock and the loss of earnings due to their premises having to close due to two incidents of flooding is something they can ill afford especially in this financial climate.

“I have asked for renewed and urgent pressure from neighbourhood services to conclude this quickly with the necessary council department and for a meeting to be arranged between officials and the affected shopkeepers.”

Angus Council have previously said that they were working hard to resolve claims made by shop owners in Mayfield Terrace.