A PUB landlord believes developers responsible for road works outside his business should be made to pay for any losses in revenue suffered.

McPhillips Wellington Ltd began the improvement works at the Hurst Lane and Droitwich Road junction in Fernhill Heath on Monday on behalf of developers Taylor Wimpey.

But Andy Probyn, of The Bull Inn, is worried about losing trade with the works, right outside the pub, set to last six weeks while workers are also using his carpark to store equipment.

The works are part of a Section 278 agreement with the county council in relation to a development in Dilmore Lane for up to 120 homes, which ensures appropriate design and safety standards are met.

The scheme includes the installation of permanent traffic lights, as well as minor remedial work to street lights and the carriageway, and resurfacing.

The intention is to improve highway connections and increase traffic flow in the village.

“I am worried about trade,” said Mr Probyn. “If they are made to do it by the council to get planning permission, they should help the struggling businesses too.

“Taylor Wimpey make all the money but there’s no money for the businesses for loss of revenue,” he added.

The works will take place between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week, and are phased, with an estimated completion date of Monday, September 2.

The initial phase sees the installation of three-way traffic signals at the junction for approximately five weeks, while the permanent lights are placed and remedial works are done.

There will then be a full weekend road closure at the junction, likely to be from Friday, August 30, while the road surfacing is completed.

A Taylor Wimpey North Midlands spokesman said: “These works will increase the capacity on the local road network and help everyone in the area travel quicker over the longer-term.

“While there may be disruption at peak times, I want to reassure people that our plans have been carefully designed to minimise disruption and finish as soon as possible.”

The developer did not offer a response to Mr Probyn’s comments. The county council did not wish to comment.