A business owner is steaming after plans to open his new pizza parlour have fallen flat.
Kamran Khan, of Valley Pizzas, has spent six months carrying out a major refurbishment of the premises on Burnley Road, Todmorden, to create the new business and several new jobs.
He was all set to serve up his first pizzas but a problem with the meter means he has no gas supply to power the ovens.
The grand opening has been delayed until energy firm E.ON can resolve the problem, which might not be until early 2014, meaning Kamran and his team will miss out on one of the busiest times of the year.
“It’s so frustrating,” Kamran said.
“We’ve spent six months on the building, gutting it and refurbishing it from top to bottom.
“We were ready to open but then found out about the gas problem.
“I’m trying to start up a business and give some nice food for the community.
“But I’m being deprived of the chance to do that.”
The meter currently in place at the premises is a household version, which needs to be upgraded to a commercial meter to supply the required power.
When he contacted E.ON about the situation, Kamran said he was told it would be six to eight weeks before the matter could be resolved.
“I’m missing out on trade,” he said.
“I can’t afford to not be open, especially in the run-up to Christmas.
“If this was a big company, they would have come and put in a new meter the next day.
“But because we are a small business they have shoved me to the back of the line.”
Kamran, who previously helped to run his family business, has lived in Todmorden all his life and decided to set up his own venture after spotting a gap in the market.
“The food here will be something totally different in Todmorden,” he said.
A spokesperson for E.ON said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience that this issue may have caused.
“In order for us to progress with this upgrade we must receive certain paperwork as a regulatory requirement from the customer, which they have been made aware of.
“As soon as we receive this information, we will do our best to ensure that this upgrade takes place at the earliest opportunity.”