Transport Secretary calls on Nottingham City Council to consider compensating residents hit by tram works

Mr McLoughlin was invited to see the works for himself by Anna Soubry MP, Anna said; “I took Patrick, who had arrived at Beeston Station, to meet Allison Dobbs who chairs the Lower and Fletcher Road Residents Association. Alison didn’t hold back in telling Patrick what life had been like for almost two years. Poor communication and information was a particular complaint – along with living in the middle of a major construction project.”

Anna then took the Secretary of State to meet Julie Cameron whose shop, Cameron House, is on Chilwell Road –  Anna said; “we explained the compensation package was limited and how hard I had to fight for extra help for shops and traders on Chilwell Road and High Road. I also gave details of the long struggle I had with the City and County Councils, to get the compensation scheme extended to all small businesses who had suffered a drop in trade.”

Welcoming Mr McLoughlins support for compensating residents Anna said; “It was a short visit but I am confident that the views of residents and businesses have been well expressed by Alison and Julie. Patrick clearly understood the level of disruption and the adverse affect on residents and businesses. He said we need to learn lessons – especially about how to make sure these sorts of projects are properly managed and planned from the outset. Poor communication and information has been a real “theme” and Patrick expressed his concern that people had been badly let down. We are now assured High/Chilwell Road will be open for this week’s Oxjam festival. Looking at the works this morning it’s going to be a tough call.”