Shops relieved as scaffolding taken down
PEOPLE power has won the day for small businesses in Truro which battled to get rid of scaffolding blocking the way to their shops.
Independent businesses along Cathedral Lane, which joins Boscawen Street with High Cross next to the cathedral, were pleased "ridiculous" scaffolding on the Accessorize shop was taken down last week.
Business owners said they should be returning a "healthy profit" during August but people had been put off because the lane was difficult to access.
The scaffolding was removed days after they voiced concerns to Accessorize.
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Dan Evans, franchise owner of the Vans shop in Truro, said businesses were already hit by the recession and the digging up of Boscawen Street, and inaccessible pathways were not helping.
He said: "We're very happy that common sense has prevailed with the decision to remove the scaffolding and postpone the planned works until after the back-to-school period. Everyone here would like to thank Accessorize for its understanding and co-operation.
"The works that needed to be done were non-essential, it was replacing window panes which was due to take four weeks. This can be done any time, not when the city should be booming with trade."
Scaffolding works had also recently been completed on the adjacent H Samuel store.
Katy Heath, co-manager of Hide and Chic on Cathedral Lane, said: "The scaffolding was blocking the way and causing tourists to leave the area."
Phil Robbins, from The A-Meri-Can Diner, said this year has been the toughest since he opened the restaurant in 2008.
"The recession is tough. But things like blocking part of the path with scaffolding does not help.
"We normally get a lot of passing trade when people go on to the Cathedral, but there was none of that. People were put off by the scaffolding because it made the path very narrow and uninviting."
Accessorize confirmed scaffolding had been taken down on August 17.