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The problem is that the value of a commercial workshop premises with such unusual access is that the property may be difficult to sell or let should Mr Holbrook wish to do so at a later date.
Behind the scenes, however, businesses whose premises stood in the way of the new section of Derby's inner ring road were engulfed in wrangles with the council as to their level of compensation, compulsory purchase orders and how and when they would have to relocate.
Owner Martin Holbrook said: "We've been here for 52 years and were told in the 70s we would have to move."
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"That seemed strange, given that it was going to be knocked down anyway," said Mr Firth.
lawnmower repair business is a fragile trade and only a few repair shops are still around.
Early this decade, Nu Blades was again informed that the business would have to move because the council said that it could not have an entrance on a slip road.
Six months after the business moved from the top of Babington Lane to premises opposite Reliance Electrical, the issue of compensation is being dealt with by the company's solicitors.
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Another building that will remain standing after initial concerns that it would have to be demolished is the Seven Stars in King Street.
He had taken a two year lease on the property and employed four people.
"Six weeks ago I came back to the pub and the road was being dug up outside which was ridiculous," said Mrs Pearce.
Lawnmower repair shop Nu Blades simply did not want to move and persuaded the council to let it stay put.
wash in Ford Street, had to close down his business and ended up moving to Leeds.
"Some people did think that we had just disappeared and went elsewhere."
the 17th century and vies with The Dolphin Inn for the title of Derby's oldest pub.
"The council has been very good to us in letting us stay here and I'm sure it's cost them a few headaches."
"I couldn't see us trading from a unit on Pride Park.
Fortunately for the partners in the business, they found premises that allowed them to stay in Babington Lane, close to their previous shop.
There is a significant drawback to having an entrance running through a public car park.
"We asked whether we could have an entrance through the car park and they came back and said that it would be possible," said Mr Holbrook.
The 36.2m Connecting Derby scheme had been on the drawing board for decades before then Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon symbolically cut the first sod of earth on February 28.
"If we had been forced to move, it probably wouldn't have been worth carrying on with the business, given the associated costs.
"From a personal point of view, the most annoying thing is not knowing what's going on.
"Lawnmowers are not like cars and people are only prepared to pay so much for repairs," said Mr Holbrook.
There remain concerns that heavier traffic around the pub could cause damage.
"There is a claim for compensation but we are looking at a far smaller sum than we were led to expect. One of the reasons the council gave for offering a substantially lower amount was that the property was in a dilapidated state.
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