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Flood damage hits Castleford butcher

Wandless family butchers, of Castleford Market have been flooded because of the torrential rain. Equipment has been contaminated including a �1000 block which will now have to be replaced.
Ian Wandless

Wandless family butchers, of Castleford Market have been flooded because of the torrential rain. Equipment has been contaminated including a �1000 block which will now have to be replaced. Ian Wandless

Angry butcher Ian Wandless says he faces a damages bill of nearly £7,000 after rain flooded his shop in Castleford market hall on Monday.

Mr Wandless says he was forced to shut the unit after rain flooded in, causing damage of between £6,500 and £7,000.

The 60-year-old, who has been a market tenant for 32 years, said: “This place is like a sieve when it rains. There are quite a few units that leak.

“The council aren’t doing their job but they haven’t got the resources.

“I don’t know how they’re going to afford to pay me out. I even had to buy a new pair of shoes because they were ruined.

“I’ve been told it’s going to be Thursday before they come and check the roof.

“The big bosses are only interested in their rent, it’s not good enough. What if someone slips and hurts themselves, who is going to be liable then?”

Mr Wandless says the rain has contaminated a butcher’s block and a sausage filling machine, which could cost up to £5,000 to replace.

He says Monday’s incident isn’t the first time his premises have been flooded and claims he is still waiting for a council payout for an incident last July.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Wakefield Council’s service director for culture and sport, said: “Unfortunately due to very heavy rain on Monday there was a leak in the roof at Castleford Market.

“This resulted in one of the units being flooded and some minor damage to a small number of other units.

“We immediately went on site to clear up, assess the damage and inform Environmental Health.

“We are speaking to the trader affected to support him with replacing anything damaged in the flood.

“The roof is being repaired on Thursday this week.”

 

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