Bad vibes hit cake shop

Owner of Jerome Celebration Cakes in Morecambe Margaret Driver is battling the council for compensation following damage to her stock, which she says was due to construction work near her Euston Road premises.'Margaret with a broken eagle sculpture.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-6-2015
Owner of Jerome Celebration Cakes in Morecambe Margaret Driver is battling the council for compensation following damage to her stock, which she says was due to construction work near her Euston Road premises.'Margaret with a broken eagle sculpture. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-6-2015

A Morecambe shop owner says her business has been dealt a blow by damage caused by machinery working near her shop.

Margaret Driver, from Jerome Celebration Cakes in Euston Road, says vibrations from diggers working on Pedder Street car park earlier this year damaged £500 worth of goods in her shop.

But she said Lancaster City Council have refused to pay any compensation for the damage caused.

Mrs Driver said: “The whole shop was vibrating from all the vehicles going up and down the road. All our gifts fell onto the floor, which cost me about £500 in damage.

“I contacted the city council, and they said we needed pictures of everything and the value of everything, which we sent them.

“Five months on I got a letter saying their insurance has decided not to pay out. They are blaming our shelving but none of our shelves broke, it was just the vibrations that sent everything off the shelves.

“My only choice now is to put in an insurance claim on my insurance but I would have to pay part of it and my insurance would go up.”

This is not the first time Mrs Driver has been dealt a blow by new development in the town centre.

In August 2011 cakes and ornaments were destroyed by vibrations she said were caused by diggers constructing Morecambe’s Travelodge.

She added: “It’s hard enough to make a living without things like this; small shops are really struggling to make a living.”

A city council spokesman said: “This case has been thoroughly investigated and legal liability assessed in accordance with our insurance company’s guidance.

“As no evidence was found to suggest the council had acted negligently, the council was unable to compensate the shop owner for any breakages.”