FLORIST Mark Waite has been left fuming after workmen caused massive disruption to his business during his busiest week of the year.

Mr Waite arrived yesterday at his shop, The Flower Gallery, at Wakefield Road, Moldgreen, expecting to be kept busy meeting orders for St Valentine’s Day flowers.

Instead, he discovered his phone and internet connection had been cut after workmen began breaking up the concrete forecourt of the disused petrol station next door.

That meant he could not complete online orders for flowers – while electronic payment equipment was also affected, meaning he could only deal with cash transactions.

Vibrations from the heavy machinery used to rip up the concrete and dismantle underground fuel tanks had also caused glass vases to fall from the shelves at his shop.

Mr Waite, who opened The Flower Gallery five years ago, said he was also concerned about the structural safety of his shop after workmen began piling the rubble next to his property.

Now Mr Waite has asked Kirklees Council planning officers to use enforcement powers to get the demolition work halted.

The site of the former Junction petrol station is being cleared to make way for a Tesco Express store.

But Mr Waite said: “We were told when planning permission was given that we would be consulted every step of the way, that they had no intention of causing any disruption and that they would work with us.

“The work was not supposed to start until March and they were supposed to give us advance notice, but I got to the shop this morning to find a note behind the door and a big machine pounding the concrete.

“We had broken glass on the floor and we had to take everything else off the shelves.”

Mr Waite said the workmen had cut through his phone line.

Although BT had acted quickly to re-route incoming calls via his mobile phone, he had been left without the internet and was unable to meet online orders.

“We cannot take anything other than cash and we have had people cancelling their orders,’’ he said.

“We cannot put stock outside because of the dust and debris.

“It is seriously disrupting our business in the busiest week we have. We have spent thousands of pounds on stock and it is all going to waste.”

A spokeswoman for Kirklees planning department said the planning application was approved in November last year when several conditions were laid down which had to be met before work could begin.

She said a planning officer would be visiting the site to investigate Mr Waite’s complaints and might advise the contractors to stop work if the conditions had not been met.

The work is being carried out by JP Demolition and Petrol Decommissioning Ltd, a division of the JP Group, based in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

A spokesman for the group declined to comment, saying the company would deal directly with Mr Waite.