Restaurant may close after roadworks block doorway
AN ITALIAN business owner is angry after workmen blocked the entrance to his restuarant with a fence and trucks which, he says, is "killing his business" .
Ciro Alvisuri, who runs The Italian restaurant on New Connexions Street in Camborne, said he will go out of business if the planned building works continue throughout September.
On Monday morning he arrived at work to find that, not only had the road been closed, but there was a fence across his doorway, with a work lorry parked in front of it.
He said he was not informed about the works.
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"We could not even access our own restuaratnt," he said.
"They just cannot close the road. They did not consider the business on the street. It is killing us.
"Normally we get people coming in for coffees between 10am and 12pm. Today we had no-one. They thought we were closed."
Cornwall Council said an application was made to close the road while renovation works were carried out on a nearby property by a private contractor, adding that the closure is in place until September 30 to allow scaffolding and equipment on the public highway.
A spokesman said: "As part of the standard notification process for road closures, the council advertised the closure using on-street notices and an advert in the local paper.
"As it is not the Council’s role to consult with those who may be affected by the works of a private business or individual, we also advised the applicant to notify the nearby businesses and residents in advance of the works to ensure they were aware and that any issues could be addressed in advance of the works.
"A member of the Council’s Streetworks team will contact the contractors to discuss the access issues and advise they set out signs highlighting that local businesses on the street remain open for business."
Pacinos Loizides, senior asset manager for Internos Global Investers, acting for the landlord of the property which is being refurbished, said he had not not contacted the restaurant owner before the works started.
"The fact is that the restaurant premises have access throughout the day over the pavement and our contractors are now having the skip deliveries carried out first thing in the morning to avoid any disruption.
"The photos were taken during a delivery of a skip and the fence in front of the door was placed there for health safety whilst a lorry was loading and unloading a skip.
"This would have been for approx 5-10 minutes and prior to the new arrangement for early morning collections."