Cash down the drain over water main work
Charity slams roadworks as till takings feel the heat
Furious charity bosses claim they’ve been left out of pocket by crippling roadworks.
Ayrshire Cancer Support say their bustling shop in Ayr’s Newmarket Street has lost more than £ 1000 in takings.
It follows Scottish Water’s arrival outside their front door as part of an eight month schedule of works in the town.
Shop chiefs insist the roadworks, which saw the historic street being ripped apart, stopped customers from accessing their front door.
And vital deliveries of heavy items could not take place.
They also claim the roadworks, which were outside the shop entrance, “obstructed the flow of shoppers” to the store.
Laura Brown, income and marketing manager for Ayrshire Cancer Support, said: “While we appreciate that works of this kind have to go ahead, it’s really disappointing to see that the impact of these have directly affected shop takings.
“All takings from our charity shops directly fund our hospital transport service – and to Ayrshire cancer patients, who are being driven to hospital appointments for cancer treatment.
“This equates to us being able to provide around 50 less journeys – that’s 50 people we cannot take to hospital for life- saving treatment.”
The shop is now appealing to the “better nature” of kind hearted water bosses in the hope of landing a donation to the charity.
A spokesman for Scottish Water said: “The work was carried out at night to reduce impact on shops and other businesses in a pedestrianised zone.
“Access was maintained to shops at all times and we visited business to see how we could accommodate them during the work.
“As a public body, Scottish Water is not in a position to make a financial payment to a business.
“However, we do support communities and causes through our volunteering programme where Scottish Water staff can give up time to support a community cause.
“Examples of this include painting fences or cleaning a beach or other public space.
“We would be happy to discuss with the charity any suggestions they might have about how we might be able to help.”
Out of pocket Karen Muldoon, of Ayrshire Cancer Support in Newmarket Street, Ayr, says the charity has lost over £ 1000 due to roadworks