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Road woes for Echuca retailers

Retailers in Hare St are unhappy with the resurfacing of the road outside their businesses.

CHRIS RODDA January 29, 2014 4:05am

Betta Electrical co-owner Mick Fragiacomo with a handful of gravel from the step of the shop.

Bleeding tar and loose gravel have upset retailers on Hare St but Campaspe Shire Council has denied accusations the resurfacing was a substandard job.

Betta Electrical co-owner Mick Fragiacomo said wet bitumen had been ruining carpets since Hare St was resurfaced late last year.

‘‘It started in November, not this warm weather,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve had carpets destroyed. It’s not good.

‘‘I’ve got a $500 carpet that’s destroyed.

‘‘We’ve emailed and rang and all we keep getting is ‘We’ll pass it on’.

‘‘We even had to go out and clean a customer’s carpet because the trolley we used moving fridges had tar on the wheels.

‘‘It wasn’t too bad because it was a darker carpet.’’

Mr Fragiacomo said two men claiming to be civil engineers in Echuca on holidays came into the shop and commented on the road surface.

‘‘They said they wouldn’t get away with it in Melbourne,’’ Mr Fragiacomo said.

He said the engineers told him the gravel used was too coarse.

Campaspe Shire infrastructure delivery manager John McCartney said the job had been done properly.

‘‘The resealing of Hare St was completed last year and as previously advised, the newness of the surface material means it can take some time to settle down,’’ Mr McCartney said.

‘‘The contractor used approved methods and materials to successfully complete the works.

‘‘Council is aware of one retailer expressing concern with bitumen/stones being walked into his carpets.

‘‘Staff have spoken with the retailer, visited on site and advised the process if he wished to lodge a formal complaint.

‘‘A complaint was received prior to the Christmas break, which has been referred to the contractor for review.’’

But Mr Fragiacomo said council rates had gone up dramatically and he expected better service.

‘‘You want something for your dollar. Not this rubbish.’’

Echuca resident Cheryl Scott said a delivery of a fridge from Betta Electrical brought with it an unwanted surprise.

‘‘When he was just about to go I noticed there was tar on the carpet,’’ she said.

Bennetts Independent Sports manager Denise McInnes collects a bag of gravel from the floor of her shop every day.

‘‘Right from day one when they laid this new road we’ve had so many rocks in here it’s not funny,’’ she said.

‘‘They stick to people’s feet and they come in here and it sticks to the carpet.

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