Silica delay costs trader dearly

RUMOURS that building work on the Silica tower in Weston has been queue-jumped by another project are not true, it has been stated

RUMOURS that building work on the Silica tower in Weston has been queue-jumped by another project are not true, it has been stated.The faltering construction at Big Lamp Corner is unlikely to be finished before mid-November, according to North Somerset Council Conservative leader Mike Roe.Councillor Roe said: "My understanding is that one of the building firm's long-term customers has come in with an order and they delayed production to the Silica because they know which side their bread is buttered on."Given that there have been so many reasons given for the project's many delays, we need to watch every further reason with a degree of cynicism."I wish we would be given a straight answer to what is going on, then we can properly hold the manufacturers to account."Whatever people's personal opinions on the project, I think everyone wants to see it complete."Project officer Mark Luck said: "There's been no new order delaying the project. "It is taking them longer to do it that they thought it would. It's a good job they are being paid a fixed rate for the work. "This to the foundry is not a big job. They have to balance it with other work for major firms like British Tarmac, but have people working on it constantly."We think it will take another two or three weeks. We have told the foundry that we want it in place before the carnival. The delay is frustrating for all of us."He said fencing around the half built Silica is costing taxpayers £190 per month.Frustrated 'carrot concessionaire' Steve Berry said: "I'm p****d off."I was expecting to have three good months of trading at Berry's World of Flavours."I've been given no clear idea of when I'm going to be in there. I think Christmas is about right."Steve has had virtually all the expected concession rent waived because of the delays.


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