Proud council pledges to fast track improvement work in Windsor ready for the royal wedding may have backfired – as a seemingly endless explosion of disruptive road works is increasingly blamed on the ensuing nuptials.

Frances Hamann from the German Bakery in St Leonard’s Road said: “I doubt that this wedding will bring any profitable business to this part of town.

“We just want to say that this wedding is driving small independent business to the ruin. We have had about two months, on and off, of works and the council never had the decency to inform any of us in St Leonards Road.”

This week the Royal Borough’s deputy leader Cllr Phill Bicknell – who has responsibility for Windsor – said that bad luck rather than the royal wedding had caused the disruption that hit St Leonard’s Road last week.

He said work to create a ‘shared surface’ offering a smoother walk between Lower Peascod Street and St Leonard’s Road had been planned to take place this spring anyway, well before the royal wedding was announced.

By disastrous coincidence a sewer collapsed in St Leonard’s Road immediately after, leading to a massive bypass vehicle blocking off entrances to shops and deafening people in the street.

Cllr Bicknell said: “It was a genuine emergency that could not have happened at a worse time. Unfortunately, sewer pipes are thick brick inside virtually 1.8m in diameter inside. The bypass vehicles are necessary to channel the sewage – the work was done as quickly as possible.

“It would be grossly unfair to blame that on the royal wedding.”

He acknowledged that a lot of disruption outside the castle along High Street, Thames Street and Peascod Street was in preparation for the wedding.

He said: “There would be no point doing the improvement work if the pavements were going to be dug up again by utility companies, we have asked them to do any planned work first before we started.”

But work on Frances Road this week had also been planned for months he said and had nothing to do with the wedding being well away from the expected royal route.

He asked the people of Windsor to bear with the authority, saying: “We are going to have thousands and thousands of people predicted to come here – more than the Jubilee.

“Trains are going to bring in 7,000 visitors an hour. We want to make sure the pavements are safe – that’s main thing. There is a little bit of pain involved, I get that. But the town will gain. We want it to look its best and for people to come back.”