Ipswich: Faulty cable causes disruption for traders

MARKET traders in the town have faced three days of disruption due to digging work to repair underground cabling.

Traders in the market in Cornhill were upset to discover on Tuesday morning that their usual pitches had been disturbed by the work, leaving them with nowhere to trade.

Warren O’Connell, 49, has been the market manager for over four years.

He said: “I’ve had lots of traders calling me up and asking where they can go.

“The traders just turned up on Tuesday to trade and found they couldn’t.”

Shaun Brace, 48, runs the hoover stall which is currently situated right in the middle of the disruption.

He said: “The drilling makes it hard when you’re trying to talk to customers.

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“They (the workers) are quite obliging and they are trying to do it as quickly as possible.

“I know it’s got to be done – it’s just an inconvenience for us, but hopefully they’ll get it sorted soon.”

The work is being carried out by contractor Morrison Utility Services on behalf of UK Power Networks and some of the company’s own engineers.

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks said: “UK Power Networks’ engineers and contractors have been working on Ipswich Cornhill to repair an underground cable fault which developed.

“No power supplies to customers were affected but some digging work was necessary to reach the faulty cable. Our team notified the council and liaised with them in advance, and has worked with traders on site to ensure that excavated earth was kept out of their way.

“We would like to apologise if any inconvenience was caused by this work.

“We aim to complete the electrical work as quickly as is safely possible, after which the hole will be filled in and the surface reinstated to normal.”