No messing about with compensation claims 100 years ago. The reply seems to be you’re better off now the road is improved so you’ll get more customers!
“Mrs A. Cook wrote asking for compensation for the loss of trade at 56 North Street [Horsham], owing to the continual opening of the pavement and forecourt of her house.
“Her trade during the alterations had dropped off terribly. Mr Wheeler said it was now finished and Mrs Cook could set off future advantages against the disadvantages she had experienced. He proposed that comensation be refused.”