Four months on Porthmadog restaurant damaged in bin lorry smash still has gaping hole in back
The back of a family-run restaurant has still not been repaired four months after a council bin lorry ploughed into the back of it. Service at Yr Wylan restaurant in Porthmadog came to an abrupt halt on Friday, January 20 when the Gwynedd Council truck smashed into it leaving a hole in the rear of the building. Claire and Justin Roberts own the business and live above the restaurant with their teenage children.
They were forced to close for four days after an environmental health officer deemed the building “unsafe” for the public. The restaurant has since reopened but despite an inspection being carried out by the council and necessary repairs being approved, building work, which is expected to cost thousands, has still not begun.
The rear of Yr Wylan restaurant Porthmadog (Photo: Arwyn Roberts)
Mrs Roberts said: “We arranged for a structural engineer to assess the damage ourselves and we’ve been told that the damage is so bad that the stone will have to be removed and replaced. “It won’t just be a patch up job and it means that the hole will end up being three times as big while it’s being repaired.
“We’ve got no idea when it’s being repaired or how long it’s going to take. “The worry is that they’ve not just damaged our restaurant, it’s caused damage to our flat bathroom too meaning we wont be able to use it while the damage is fixed.
“I don’t think the council realise how big the job is or how it’s going to impact us, where will we live while the work is being carried out? “It’s also coming up to busy season now, we can’t afford to close for weeks while the repairs are carried out.
“It’s affecting our work as well as our home and we’re fed up of being in limbo with no idea of when things are going to happen.”
Yr Wylan restaurant, Porthmadog (Photo: Arwyn Roberts)
The couple, who have been running the business for 13 years, believe the crash happened as the bin lorry tried to navigate past illegally parked cars down Smith Street. They say they have spent six years complaining to the council about the cars parking illegally behind their business, and say their calls and e-mails have remained unanswered. Claire added: “The only good thing is that the warning signs and barriers prevent people from parking there at the moment.
“The whole situation is getting very silly, it just needs to be sorted out.”
A council spokesman said: “The matter is being dealt with by the council’s insurers.
“Surveyors have carried out an inspection of the building on behalf of the insurers and the necessary repair work has been approved.”