A BEECHWORTH restaurant owner is furious that renovations at the doctors surgery next door are wrecking his trade.
The Green Shed Bistro’s Nathan Ackland said his Camp Street business had looked like a construction site for 10 weeks.
“People see machinery and cords and that the path is blocked so they don’t come in,” he said.
“Our income has shrunk and we have had to close our lunch service two days a week.”
Mr Ackland believed The Beechworth Surgery’s renovation work had broken sound rules.
“Right from the start, they had jackhammers making noise until 8pm,” he said.
“We had customers walk out on Thursday night because of loud sounds from there until 10pm.”
A ramp for the disabled added as part of the renovations is another concern for Mr Ackland.
“It points towards my business and ends just 120 centimetres away,” he said.
“If someone trips on the ramp and lands on a granite table out the front, who is responsible?”
The surgery practice manager, John McColl, who is overseas on business, said he understood the renovations had affected neighbouring businesses but “you can’t do renovations without making noise”.
“We have tried to work around The Green Shed’s busiest hours,” he said.
He said he expected the contractors knew and met the rules on making noise at night.
He said most of the work had been done behind the building and believed the rest would be cosmetic work inside.
“There has been late-night three times, I believe only once has it affected his business,” he said.
Indigo Council’s Brendan McGrath said the council had met both parties and had given the surgery EPA regulations on conducting disruptive work.
“We have asked the surgery to work within those guidelines,” he said.
“We have asked the surgery to stay in contact with Nathan to work with him to cause as little disruption as possible.
“There seems there has been some sort of communication breakdown somewhere.”