Kings Square works hitting trade - shopkeeper

Kings Square works hitting trade - shopkeeper

Kings Square works hitting trade - shopkeeper

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A RETAILER claims work on revamping Kings Square in York has caused him to suffer a drop in business of up to 30 per cent.

Shazad Ajmal, manager of Bering boutique and service centre in Colliergate, said the noise and pollution caused by the works was resulting in many shoppers simply turning away and finding another route.

He claimed the loss of footfall which naturally flowed from Low Petergate across Kings Square and down Colliergate meant his business was suffering unsustainable losses in revenue.

Andy Binner, Head of Highways and Waste at City of York Council, said local retailers had played an integral part in any key decisions made.

"At the request of retailers, we postponed works and scheduled these around key holidays to ensure disruption has been kept to a minimum," he said.

“Whilst the second stage of the scheme has been slightly disruptive because of the full road closure, this could not be avoided, but we’ve ensured all businesses were aware of this prior to starting the works.

"The very best natural materials are being used for King’s Square to ensure that the stone stands the test of time and will limit further road improvements needed in future."

In February, York Retail Forum backed the final stage of works reconstruct the highway in and directly around King’s Square and to refurbish the raised area in the square, which are part of the Reinvigorate York project.

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8:53am Mon 14 Apr 14

smudge2 says...

I feel a compensation claim against the council being hatched using the power of the press .Nice try & good luck !!
I feel a compensation claim against the council being hatched using the power of the press .Nice try & good luck !! smudge2
  • Score: 4

9:26am Mon 14 Apr 14

anti-rant says...

Should the council never upgrade any streets or squares in the centre? This isn't a political decision - any council leadership should look after the York's infrastructure.
Should the council never upgrade any streets or squares in the centre? This isn't a political decision - any council leadership should look after the York's infrastructure. anti-rant
  • Score: 7

9:48am Mon 14 Apr 14

PKH says...

I feel the so called upgrade, has lost kings square olde worlde charm, making it look like any other sterile modern shopping precinct.
I feel the so called upgrade, has lost kings square olde worlde charm, making it look like any other sterile modern shopping precinct. PKH
  • Score: -32

9:51am Mon 14 Apr 14

BL2 says...

The main issue is that this is caused by a totally unnecessary and expensive piece of council "re-invigoration" rubbish! It was not needed!
The main issue is that this is caused by a totally unnecessary and expensive piece of council "re-invigoration" rubbish! It was not needed! BL2
  • Score: -8

9:58am Mon 14 Apr 14

Dave Ruddock says...

The very best natural materials are being used for King’s Square to ensure that the stone stands the test of time and will limit further road improvements needed in future."

Hope the above statement id ingrained into a plaque set in the square with a date so that next year it is pointed out to the council .

Also that the workmen do a full 8 hour days work, not 4 hours lunch breaks
The very best natural materials are being used for King’s Square to ensure that the stone stands the test of time and will limit further road improvements needed in future." Hope the above statement id ingrained into a plaque set in the square with a date so that next year it is pointed out to the council . Also that the workmen do a full 8 hour days work, not 4 hours lunch breaks Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -7

10:49am Mon 14 Apr 14

Fat Harry says...

The council ate my hamster.
The council ate my hamster. Fat Harry
  • Score: 33

11:02am Mon 14 Apr 14

York2000 says...

Ah, the Press need something new to bang on about now Lendal Bridge is open.
Ah, the Press need something new to bang on about now Lendal Bridge is open. York2000
  • Score: 11

11:13am Mon 14 Apr 14

Hereiamagainhaha says...

Fat Harry wrote:
The council ate my hamster.
And my rabbit........
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: The council ate my hamster.[/p][/quote]And my rabbit........ Hereiamagainhaha
  • Score: -26

11:29am Mon 14 Apr 14

Blythespirit says...

York2000 wrote:
Ah, the Press need something new to bang on about now Lendal Bridge is open.
You've got it... this paper is turning into a Daily Mail wannabe. Streets need upgrading now and then - the same shopkeepers would soon be moaning if the council left the street in bad condition. While being unsure of the alterations in Kings Square and in front of the Minster at first, feeling we had lost something of the character of these places, I have come round to thinking they actually look quite nice and the new surfaces make moving around in these places much easier. We haven't really lost anything of historical importance - the previous layout in Kings Square was a seventies construction. I am not a fan of James Alexander or his cronies but think the improvements made to the streets are to their credit rather than something to moan about. If only they would take as much care of our suburban streets...
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: Ah, the Press need something new to bang on about now Lendal Bridge is open.[/p][/quote]You've got it... this paper is turning into a Daily Mail wannabe. Streets need upgrading now and then - the same shopkeepers would soon be moaning if the council left the street in bad condition. While being unsure of the alterations in Kings Square and in front of the Minster at first, feeling we had lost something of the character of these places, I have come round to thinking they actually look quite nice and the new surfaces make moving around in these places much easier. We haven't really lost anything of historical importance - the previous layout in Kings Square was a seventies construction. I am not a fan of James Alexander or his cronies but think the improvements made to the streets are to their credit rather than something to moan about. If only they would take as much care of our suburban streets... Blythespirit
  • Score: 12

11:55am Mon 14 Apr 14

York2000 says...

Blythespirit

Agree on the Daily Mail wannabe. It's all about driving traffic to the website, without any thought that hundreds and hundreds of comments bickering and moaning is actually ruining the website.

It's pretty much a Conservative supporting newspaper, wonder what they'll do when fracking hits us? If the Press are going to support the Conservatives, then it should have the balls to say where it stands so readers can decide to continue reading or not.
Blythespirit Agree on the Daily Mail wannabe. It's all about driving traffic to the website, without any thought that hundreds and hundreds of comments bickering and moaning is actually ruining the website. It's pretty much a Conservative supporting newspaper, wonder what they'll do when fracking hits us? If the Press are going to support the Conservatives, then it should have the balls to say where it stands so readers can decide to continue reading or not. York2000
  • Score: 7

12:43pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ouseswimmer says...

I find it amazing that 25 years after pedestrianisation York's city centre streets still have clearly defined roads with kerbstones. You would be amazed how many broken ankles this causes and the cost to the NHS.
I find it amazing that 25 years after pedestrianisation York's city centre streets still have clearly defined roads with kerbstones. You would be amazed how many broken ankles this causes and the cost to the NHS. ouseswimmer
  • Score: 2

1:04pm Mon 14 Apr 14

bloodaxe says...

anti-rant wrote:
Should the council never upgrade any streets or squares in the centre? This isn't a political decision - any council leadership should look after the York's infrastructure.
Quite right but that's rather a long-term view isn't it ? It should be pretty obvious to even the dimmest of wits that this inconvenience will only last for a few weeks. King's Square at 11 a.m. was very busy. It also looks terrific.
[quote][p][bold]anti-rant[/bold] wrote: Should the council never upgrade any streets or squares in the centre? This isn't a political decision - any council leadership should look after the York's infrastructure.[/p][/quote]Quite right but that's rather a long-term view isn't it ? It should be pretty obvious to even the dimmest of wits that this inconvenience will only last for a few weeks. King's Square at 11 a.m. was very busy. It also looks terrific. bloodaxe
  • Score: 5

1:04pm Mon 14 Apr 14

bloodaxe says...

PKH wrote:
I feel the so called upgrade, has lost kings square olde worlde charm, making it look like any other sterile modern shopping precinct.
Rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]PKH[/bold] wrote: I feel the so called upgrade, has lost kings square olde worlde charm, making it look like any other sterile modern shopping precinct.[/p][/quote]Rubbish. bloodaxe
  • Score: 27

1:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

bloodaxe says...

BL2 wrote:
The main issue is that this is caused by a totally unnecessary and expensive piece of council "re-invigoratio
n" rubbish! It was not needed!
Rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: The main issue is that this is caused by a totally unnecessary and expensive piece of council "re-invigoratio n" rubbish! It was not needed![/p][/quote]Rubbish. bloodaxe
  • Score: 10

1:13pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Teabag1 says...

It now looks bland and generic
It now looks bland and generic Teabag1
  • Score: -24

3:35pm Mon 14 Apr 14

imassey says...

Teabag1 wrote:
It now looks bland and generic
How many people went to King's Square because of what it looked like, compared to how many went to watch the street perforrmers or sit and eat lunch/have an ice cream/etc?

Not many would be my guess.
[quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: It now looks bland and generic[/p][/quote]How many people went to King's Square because of what it looked like, compared to how many went to watch the street perforrmers or sit and eat lunch/have an ice cream/etc? Not many would be my guess. imassey
  • Score: 22

4:16pm Mon 14 Apr 14

anti-rant says...

bloodaxe wrote:
anti-rant wrote:
Should the council never upgrade any streets or squares in the centre? This isn't a political decision - any council leadership should look after the York's infrastructure.
Quite right but that's rather a long-term view isn't it ? It should be pretty obvious to even the dimmest of wits that this inconvenience will only last for a few weeks. King's Square at 11 a.m. was very busy. It also looks terrific.
I ride my bike past every day and it is shaping up nicely, methinks as well.
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anti-rant[/bold] wrote: Should the council never upgrade any streets or squares in the centre? This isn't a political decision - any council leadership should look after the York's infrastructure.[/p][/quote]Quite right but that's rather a long-term view isn't it ? It should be pretty obvious to even the dimmest of wits that this inconvenience will only last for a few weeks. King's Square at 11 a.m. was very busy. It also looks terrific.[/p][/quote]I ride my bike past every day and it is shaping up nicely, methinks as well. anti-rant
  • Score: 27

6:54pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Alf Garnett says...

imassey wrote:
Teabag1 wrote:
It now looks bland and generic
How many people went to King's Square because of what it looked like, compared to how many went to watch the street perforrmers or sit and eat lunch/have an ice cream/etc?

Not many would be my guess.
They'll still be able to do it. Give me strength.
[quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: It now looks bland and generic[/p][/quote]How many people went to King's Square because of what it looked like, compared to how many went to watch the street perforrmers or sit and eat lunch/have an ice cream/etc? Not many would be my guess.[/p][/quote]They'll still be able to do it. Give me strength. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 35

8:00pm Mon 14 Apr 14

imassey says...

Alf Garnett wrote:
imassey wrote:
Teabag1 wrote:
It now looks bland and generic
How many people went to King's Square because of what it looked like, compared to how many went to watch the street perforrmers or sit and eat lunch/have an ice cream/etc?

Not many would be my guess.
They'll still be able to do it. Give me strength.
That's my point - very few of the square's visitors will care what it looks like.
[quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imassey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: It now looks bland and generic[/p][/quote]How many people went to King's Square because of what it looked like, compared to how many went to watch the street perforrmers or sit and eat lunch/have an ice cream/etc? Not many would be my guess.[/p][/quote]They'll still be able to do it. Give me strength.[/p][/quote]That's my point - very few of the square's visitors will care what it looks like. imassey
  • Score: 2

8:37pm Mon 14 Apr 14

jay, york says...

PKH wrote:
I feel the so called upgrade, has lost kings square olde worlde charm, making it look like any other sterile modern shopping precinct.
Totally agreed!
[quote][p][bold]PKH[/bold] wrote: I feel the so called upgrade, has lost kings square olde worlde charm, making it look like any other sterile modern shopping precinct.[/p][/quote]Totally agreed! jay, york
  • Score: -29

7:06am Tue 15 Apr 14

roy_batty says...

Walked by on saturday, it looks awful so far, who on earth came up with these plans?
Walked by on saturday, it looks awful so far, who on earth came up with these plans? roy_batty
  • Score: -2

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