Council to pay for shop damage
DAMAGE to Casino shopfronts from recent renovation work had some Barker Street business owners thinking the night workers might need new prescription glasses.
From Monday through to Wednesday, shopkeepers were turning up to find numerous plate glass display windows broken, signs damaged and tiled thresholds cracked.
It turned out the contractors were carrying out highly difficult demolition work in extremely restrictive conditions.
Richmond Valley Council supervisors were quick to initiate repairs and assure shopkeepers the council would cover the costs.
The council’s manager of civil operations, Paul Radnidge, said the street beautification program required them to remove all the existing footpath right up to the shopfronts with a backhoe and mini-excavator.
“With machinery like that it doesn’t take a lot of contact to create significant damage, but workers had no alternative,” he said.
“Working under the awning in a confined area is very difficult.
“We carried out similar work on the Walker Street section with very little damage, but it is unpredictable work.”
Mr Radnidge said workers were almost finished the demolition work on that section and there was no awning on the next section outside the post office, suggesting there would be less collateral damage.
“The works are proceeding well and on schedule,
and we are optimistic we will complete the work as planned by June 30,” he said.
Shopkeepers along the strip were understanding of the situation and not too perturbed by the damage being caused, so long as they didn’t have to pay for it.
They were also appreciative of council’s efforts to minimise the impact on businesses by carrying out the work at night.