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Snoozing workers outrage trader who lost £8,000 in Twickenham works
A businessman has lost £8,000 due to emergency sewage works in St Margarets, where he often spotted workers taking naps.
Martin Herdman, who runs the Herdman Family Carpet shop, was furious at the sight of workers taking regular snoozes throughout the day.
The works carried out between July 25 and August 8, in Crown Road, St Margarets, disrupted many businesses along the road.
Mr Herdman said: “I am appalled at the state of play and the massive loss of trade for all of us in Crown Road.
“The works are finished although the original problem of sewage building up still appears to be happening, and is still leaking into the alley by the side of Scrunch the hairdressers.
“As per our loss of takings I would say we are down £8,000 in the two weeks.
“I would not usually complain, but this was emergency work and caused a huge disruption in trade for the local businesses. Also the workmen were not always sleeping; sometimes they just disappeared altogether for hours on end.”
A spokesman for Thames Water, which contracted Cappagh to carry out the work, said: “Our engineers work 10-hour days and we encourage them to take their breaks when waiting for materials to be delivered to site.
“We were waiting for stones to fill in the hole so our engineers took their break when they had this opportunity. This job was finished on time.”
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