Fears over 'potentially catastrophic' plans to dig up parts of Truro

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By Em_Williams | Monday, January 07, 2013, 22:36

Concerns are being raised by businesses in Truro over planned work to replace sewerage pipes to the west of the city centre. The project will take over a year to complete and is likely to cause major disruption in the area.

It's thought the work, which will be carried out for South West Water by contractor Balfour Beatty, could see the complete closure of Victoria Square, Kenwyn Street and Little Castle Street for the entire duration, with many other changes being made to roads in the vicinity.

A meeting is being organised by Totally Truro to discuss the potential impact the project may have. The organisation sent out a letter to local businesses today stating:

"There are circa sixty businesses currently trading in these three areas and the impact of closing the roads to all vehicles for such a timespan coupled with the added severe disruption caused by the actual works will potentially be catastrophic to businesses in the area in what is already a very difficult economic climate."

The meeting will take place at 6pm on Monday 14 January at The One Eyed Cat in Kenwyn Street.

South West Water and Balfour Beatty are being asked to attend to explain more about the work and to justify whether it is essential.  They will also be given a chance to explain how they plan to support those businesses affected by the work while it is ongoing.

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