Cash down the drain over wa­ter main work

Char­ity slams road­works as till tak­ings feel the heat

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

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

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