REFERRING to your article about the problems Chelmsley In Shops (Solihull News) traders are experiencing. The answer given by the centre manager gave a feeling that all was in fact okay. Wrong.
Since the regeneration started over a year ago the only place on the precinct to be affected from day one has been the market. We have been virtually cut off with road closures, a bridge demolished and various other means.
Although they have had disruption to their in-out openings, even McDonald's has only had two days closed for which they received compensation. We, however, have had over a year with no help from anyone. Now for a few weeks we can't even use our loading bay.
Does anyone care? No. Yes, traders are struggling to find the rent, but the more we are isolated the fewer customers we have.
A four per cent increase in footfall for the precinct may be correct, but a four per cent increase in takings in the market is 100 per cent wrong.
The market has suffered from day one. We don't expect much - just a bit of understanding and tolerance from the management.
Yes, the precinct will look great eventually, but it will be at the cost of a lot of small forgotten businesses unable to survive.
Concerned traders, In Shops, Chelmsley Wood