March 2, 2012 Plymouth Herald
ENRAGED businessmen in Plymouth’s West End have described further street improvements as being a “waste of money” – and said they would prefer lower rents instead.
It follows an announcement by the Plymouth City Centre Company that an additional £50,000 is to be spent on the installation of new granite bollards and planters, and trees.
Businesses in the Independent Quarter have hit out at the works claiming the money could be better spent on reducing rents, or to provide free parking for customers.
Richard Palmer, who has been running Traci’s hair accessories and leather goods in Plymouth City Market for 28 years, said: “The council keeps carving up the road and trying to enhance the area but it’s like a drop in the ocean to us. They are not addressing the root of the problem and that is that people are not coming down here. We are business people who have survived by sheer will power and strong established businesses. There is no magic wand but a few extra trees and bollards is really not going to help us. Why not lower our rents or offer free parking for a few hours for shoppers? That would really help us.
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