'Keep shopping' plea as Truro sewer chaos looms
LOCAL businesses are appealing to shoppers to continue to support them as they face major disruption from ten months of sewerage works.
On September 2 South West Water (SWW) will embark on a £3.5 million sewer replacement project affecting the Kenwyn Street, Little Castle Street and Victoria Square areas.
With businesses predicting months of misery, they are now encouraging everyone to continue to use their shops to help keep them afloat.
Paul Jordan, at coffee shop 108 in Kenwyn Street, said: "We want people to come into Kenwyn Street and carry on using the shops as they have been.
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"There's bound to be a knock-on for our trade, but we're lucky that we deliver a lot of coffee.
"We have another shop on Malpas Road and that's suffered because of roadworks. It does feel a little bit like an attack on our business: but the works have to be done."
The planned works involve replacing sewers in Frances Street, Kenwyn Street and Little Castle Street with bigger pipes, installing a new sewer in St Dominic Street to take surface water out of the network and working in Frances Street, Ferris Town and Edward Street.
Business-owners say though there are tough times ahead, they're confident the people of Truro will help them.
Bob Dennis, from Acorn Records, said: "The works need to be done. We recently had sewage nearly flood the shop.
"It's going to be a difficult time, but the people of Truro have done well in supporting us before."
It is expected that Victoria Square, Kenwyn Street, Little Castle Street and St Dominic Street will be closed at some point during the 40-week project.
Graham Murphy, South West Water's director of engineering, said it had done all it could to minimise disruption: "Since we first identified the need for this scheme we've examined more than 100 options and spent several years discussing these with partners including Cornwall Council, the Environment Agency and other utility companies.
"Working with Sarah Newton MP, Cornwall Council, Truro City Council, Totally Truro (Business Improvement District), local traders and bus companies, we've been able to reduce our programme of work from 60 weeks to 40.
"We are aware that this essential work will cause some disruption in the city which is why we have been and will continue to work closely with the local community to put in place measures to minimise the impact on local residents and businesses."