Monday, 22 December 2014

Why this man is upset by a Bath road reopening early . . .

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Why this man is upset by a Bath road reopening early

Cited at:
http://www.itv.com/news/west/story/2014-10-31/the-man-behind-kelston-toll-road-could-be-left-in-debt/


The man who gained international attention for opening a private toll road near Bath fears he'll be £25,000 out of pocket - because the route it replaces is due to reopen early.

Bath and North East Somerset Council originally said it would take until Christmas to repair the A431, which suffered a landslip after the winter storms.

Now, however, it's likely to be ready by mid-November. That means Mike Watts, who's spending £300,000 on a toll road around the missing section, won't have enough time to recoup his investment.

The council denies speeding up the work to undermine him. But to add insult to injury Mr Watts has now been sent a £3,000 bill for business rates - even though the council has withheld planning permission.
Work on the A431 near Bath, which is due to re-open on 17 November Credit: ITV News

The toll road was built across a field to bypass roadworks at Kelston. Credit: ITV News West Country

The man who invested £300,000 in a private toll road near Bath says he could be left in debt.

Mike Watts built it to bypass roadworks at Kelston. But he says the work could be finished by mid November rather than Christmas, leaving too little time to recoup his investment.



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