Truro sewer work causes a bit of a stink
FURIOUS traders in Truro have said not enough is being done to help them during disruptive sewerage works.
Sewer replacement work by South West Water (SWW) is set to last for 40 weeks, with a break over the Christmas period – but when even a sign put up by the company to keep customers coming read "Were open for business" rather than "we're", one owner said it felt like "a cruel joke".
Chris Houghton, from Illustrated Living in Lemon Street Market, said: "More needs to be done to promote all of the businesses around Victoria Square.
"Boards put up around the sewers look terrible and more support is needed from SWW."
Tor Amran, from the Cornish Food Box Company, said: "SWW have a huge pot of cash and there are a few signs saying 'Businesses open as usual'. It's a bit of a cruel joke that one of the signs was wrongly spelt."
A spokesman for SWW said: "This was an error by the printing company, who apologised and immediately reprinted the signs correctly.
"The scheme is planned to finish in June 2014.
"The start of the scheme was postponed from April 2013 to September 2013 at the request of local traders."
Meanwhile, Scent Store on Cathedral Lane closed two hours after opening last Wednesday due, said staff, to a strange 'chemical' smell like fibreglass resin coming from a manhole in a courtyard behind the shop.
Alex Allsop, from the Scent Store, said: "It's very chemical ... and so strong and overpowering we were forced to shut the shop. It'll be the run-up to Christmas soon and the shop needs to be open."
SWW apologised and said the odour was harmless and part of a process used to line sewers.
A spokesman said: "South West Water has been lining sewers in Boscawen Street and Duke Street to prevent salt water infiltrating the sewerage network, which can damage sewers and reduce their capacity. This is separate to the £3.5 million scheme to upgrade the sewerage network around Victoria Square.
"We started work on Monday evening and finished lining 130 metres of sewer on Tuesday evening.
"The lining process involves using an organic compound called styrene, which smells similar to car body filler. This is in no way harmful."