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Councillor Says Compensation For Businesses Is Possible

Friday September 6 2013


Cllr Roy Miller Cllr Roy Miller


COUNCILLOR Roy Miller said businesses will be able to seek compensation - if they can prove their firm has lost trade because on the ongoing A61 roadworks.

The long-running works are set to go on into November and businesses on the infamous road have already complained that they're being severely affected.

Cllr Miller said: "There is a policy in place where if they believe they have lost trade and can show their figures for the last three years, they can apply to the highways department for compensation."


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Reply Posted by TheWomble on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 11:33
Cllr Roy Miller is yet again "out of touch". Not once has he had the balls to admit that this is all a terrible sham and to do the honourable thing would be for him to resign, but now he is sending all companies to the BMBC Insurance Office that has a policy of "we will pay nowt 't anyone or anything". HOW EXACTLY DO THEY PROVE THIS THEN ROY ~ C'mon WAB, we need a meeting in an hall to voice our opinions here. They are hiding behind the IVORY TOWER and NOT taking responsibilities! RESIGN CLLR MILLER, RESIGN NOW!

Reply Posted by sarah on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 12:06
common sense and this plank obviously havent crossed paths yet. Its obvious to an ant this people have lost business due to the incompetence of him and his energy saving light bulb ideas. Compensate them all wether they have been trading 3 yrs or not,im sure they wont have a council tax cut whilst he is playing big man.

Reply Posted by me on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 12:20
Businesses should get compensation for what council has done Wakefield road works have gone on far too long it's been an inconvenience to everyone

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Monday September 16 2013 at 08:48
Why not have a couple of councillors go out and speak to their constituents about their concerns, then report back to BMBC on their findings ( you know what they were elected to do) obvz not Roy miller as I reckon they would hang him from a lamp post. Maybe the councillors can get a feel for the area. It's not all opening museums and buffet lunches you know.

BMBCs notice for these works were inadequate for the businesses to prepare for and as well as the people of Burton and wakefield road the continued disruptions over the past 3 years has made me lose any respect for the credibility of the highways and planning departments at BMBC they make one cock up after another and are led by people that are guilty of gross mismanagement. The people of Barnsley deserve better for their council tax money.

Reply Posted by Frank on Monday September 16 2013 at 20:43
Roy miller will say anything as long as his photo gets in paper if it doesn't he hasn't got the time of day

Reply Posted by g on Monday September 16 2013 at 22:15
roy miller will not confront people because of his yellow streak does plenty of spoating in paper and on here but wont front it up his job needs to be the next council cut back

Reply Posted by John S on Monday September 16 2013 at 22:35
Answer me this question? Why do businesses but a property / shop right next to the main road?? I'll tell you why, in order to make profit off the back of the passing trade! So it makes sense if they make money out of the road they have to put up with the disruption that comes in maintaining or improving it. If they are not happy why not set up a shop in the middle of a field where they will not be bothered by roadworks or anyone. I walked up wakey road the other day and was shocked how bad the road was. It needed replacing. Get over it!

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Monday September 16 2013 at 23:02
John you're an idiot.

not much to add to that really.

Reply Posted by sid on Monday September 16 2013 at 23:08
John obviously doesn't work in that area, jobs are being put at risk if the takings are down. Devastating.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Tuesday September 17 2013 at 08:29
It all spans back to the wickes fiasco,

look at how the road works have been set up. When contractors resurface a road they generally don't generally close all one lane - they close a section of one lane they are working on and put traffic lights either side, to allow access for both lanes.

Roy Miller has pretended that he is doing this to not inconvenience people further after 3 years of road works around Burton road A61 and promising multiple completion dates. After about the fifth date had passed - August 2013, he has bought some more time by adding a, 3 - 10 - 13 week buffer depending on which source you read in saying they will complete the wakefield road works at the same time - this is purely so he doesn't have to say " we missed this date - oh and by the way now and when we're done we're doing wakefield road".

If you look at how the road works are laid out a full lane of traffic has to be closed at the wickes end due to only one lane being open around that area and harborough hills as the road still isn't complete and traffic is under signal control around there.

Had the works been complete and area around wickes open to two way traffic. the resurfacing could have been done in stages with only sections of the left hand lane being closed on wakefield road and traffic lights being put up around the area getting resurfaced at the time still allowing access to two way traffic.

If you look at the actual planning of the job it's clear they are incompetent within the planning department at BMBC and are clutching at straws - allowing less than a weeks notice on the job is clear indication that someone sat there just went "I know lets close off all wakefield road - it will get us some more time on the wickes job" without actually considering the implications of these actions on businesses.

Reply Posted by Paul on Tuesday September 17 2013 at 11:06
Miller is out of touch to get compensation is a nightmare . You want to stand down pal your a waste of snap in this town