Bristol Temple Meads set for MORE roadworks in ‘shambles’ project

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A restaurant owner has branded roadworks near Temple Meads train station a “shambles” after it emerged they will return over the coming weeks.

Roadworks for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone – a £17million Bristol City Council scheme which will include homes and offices – ended last month, more than a year late due to a series of delays.

But the council has confirmed more work will take place to “correct defects that have been identified”.

Andy Firetto, owner of Temple Gate restaurant Don Giovanni’s, says council contractor Eurovia told him yesterday (January 16) of plans to “resurface sections of the road they have just laid because it is defective and sub-standard”.

Mr Firetto, 55, has long criticised the handling of the work, which started in June 2017. Last year he branded it a “disaster” and voiced fears it could see his 38-year-old business close.

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Andy Firetto outside his restaurant Don Giovanni’s during roadworks in 2019 (Image: James Beck/Freelance)

He said today: “I thought it was all over, and we were just getting back to normal. Then I got the call from Eurovia yesterday and it made me sick to my stomach.”

Bristol Live approached Eurovia for comment this morning. Within two hours, the contractor confirmed it will postpone work outside Don Giovanni’s until late February and only carry it out on Sundays, when the restaurant is closed.

But roadworks will still take place this month to address defects in other parts of the Temple Quarter.

There are set to be lane restrictions and road closures on Redcliffe Way, Temple Way, Victoria Street, Temple Back East and The Friary at various points between January 20 and 28, but the council is yet to confirm the specific details of the plan.

‘Massive result’

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Temple Gate, outside Don Giovanni’s, on January 17, 2020

Mr Firetto described the postponement of work outside Don Giovanni’s as “a massive result”, adding: “It shows the power of what the local press can achieve.

“The works would have commenced during evening service and would have been disruptive and noisy.

“The adhesives would have given off fumes which would have been unpleasant to potential diners.”

Mr Firetto feels the return of roadworks to the Temple Quarter as a whole is the latest sign the project has been a “shambles”.

A Eurovia spokesman said: “We have been in conversation with the council today, and the programme has been amended.

“The work will only be outside the restaurant on Sunday evenings, starting in late February. We don’t know yet how many Sundays we will need to do the work.

“There will still be work going on next week in other parts of the Temple Quarter area.”

A spokesman for the council said it plans to release a detailed timetable of the planned roadworks.

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