Traders hit out as cordon put up at Dorchester shopping arcade after falling masonry

Traders hit out as cordon put up at Dorchester shopping arcade

Traders hit out as cordon put up at Dorchester shopping arcade

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ONE END of a Dorchester shopping street has been cordoned off for health and safety reasons.

Traders in the Hardye Arcade insist they are very much open for business after their landlords ordered that the bottom of the arcade be taped off due to falling masonry.

Stuart Jury from County Town butchers contacted Freshwater Property Management about the masonry, which fell early this morning.

He said he was surprised when the company responded by having the end of the arcade completely cordoned off, meaning a long detour for customers to walk round and deterring much passing trade.

Mr Jury said: “We had some masonry fall down first thing this morning at the end of the arcade and I reported it to Freshwater and this is their way of dealing with things.

“We won’t have any customers and it will kill the trade.”

He said he was told that it could be Monday before anything is done about the situation.

Yolande Burgis from Yo Jive vintage clothes store said she was worried by the potential impact on trade.

She said: “It’s a bit of a worry I must say because we do get a lot of passing trade normally and I think it could be a bit of a problem.

“I don’t know how long we are going to have to manage with it.”

Shaun Samways from the Potting Shed labelled the situation ‘scandalous’ and said it was vital the message goes out to people that the shops in the arcade are still very much open for business.

He said proper signage needs to be put in place informing customers of the situation.

Workers at the scene said they had been sent by Freshwater to cordon the area off ‘for safety reasons’ and they could not say how long it would remain in place.

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1:59pm Fri 25 Jul 14

unexpected error says...

Why "health and safety reasons" surely it's just a safety issue. An over used expression methinks.
Why "health and safety reasons" surely it's just a safety issue. An over used expression methinks. unexpected error
  • Score: 18

3:02pm Fri 25 Jul 14

caapprentice says...

Would the shopkeepers prefer that injured shoppers visit their shops?
As for signage , if I had a shop on the arcade and wanted people to know that I was 'Open for Business', I would soon put up an A board stating so! Perhaps the shopkeepers should get together to arrange one.
Would the shopkeepers prefer that injured shoppers visit their shops? As for signage , if I had a shop on the arcade and wanted people to know that I was 'Open for Business', I would soon put up an A board stating so! Perhaps the shopkeepers should get together to arrange one. caapprentice
  • Score: 19

3:08pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Kaptain_Von says...

“We won’t have any customers and it will kill the trade.”

As opposed to falling masonry killing the customers? That probably wouldn't do trade much good either.
“We won’t have any customers and it will kill the trade.” As opposed to falling masonry killing the customers? That probably wouldn't do trade much good either. Kaptain_Von
  • Score: 31

3:26pm Fri 25 Jul 14

JackJohnson says...

It shouldn't be long before the landlords can get some scaffolding up to protect the customers using the arcade. In the meantime I'd be very surprised if the traders can't rustle up an A-board to let the customers know what's happening. Alternatively there's some gert great windows to stick signs up on.
It shouldn't be long before the landlords can get some scaffolding up to protect the customers using the arcade. In the meantime I'd be very surprised if the traders can't rustle up an A-board to let the customers know what's happening. Alternatively there's some gert great windows to stick signs up on. JackJohnson
  • Score: 15

3:39pm Fri 25 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Yolande Burgis from yo jive vintage clothes store said she was worried by the potential impact on trade, never mind the potential impact of a brick on someones head.......Stupid comment from a selfish woman.
Yolande Burgis from yo jive vintage clothes store said she was worried by the potential impact on trade, never mind the potential impact of a brick on someones head.......Stupid comment from a selfish woman. burgerboy
  • Score: 25

4:13pm Fri 25 Jul 14

The Good Ship Hardy says...

Perhaps the traders would take the chance of someone getting hit on the head in order to make a sale. Not for me, I'll go to Weymouth if they have any shops left that is
Perhaps the traders would take the chance of someone getting hit on the head in order to make a sale. Not for me, I'll go to Weymouth if they have any shops left that is The Good Ship Hardy
  • Score: 16

4:29pm Fri 25 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

Kaptain_Von wrote:
“We won’t have any customers and it will kill the trade.”

As opposed to falling masonry killing the customers? That probably wouldn't do trade much good either.
haha!
[quote][p][bold]Kaptain_Von[/bold] wrote: “We won’t have any customers and it will kill the trade.” As opposed to falling masonry killing the customers? That probably wouldn't do trade much good either.[/p][/quote]haha! JamesYoung
  • Score: 11

4:48pm Fri 25 Jul 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Please, no more A-boards in Dorchester. They are a Health & Safety issue all of their own!
Please, no more A-boards in Dorchester. They are a Health & Safety issue all of their own! CoogarUK.com
  • Score: 10

4:53pm Fri 25 Jul 14

JackJohnson says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
Please, no more A-boards in Dorchester. They are a Health & Safety issue all of their own!
That's why it'll be so easy for the traders of Hardye Arcade to find some. Personally I think the bloody things should be banned throughout the UK (A-boards, not the traders).
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: Please, no more A-boards in Dorchester. They are a Health & Safety issue all of their own![/p][/quote]That's why it'll be so easy for the traders of Hardye Arcade to find some. Personally I think the bloody things should be banned throughout the UK (A-boards, not the traders). JackJohnson
  • Score: 10

5:45pm Fri 25 Jul 14

mr commonsense says...

As usual the correspondents on here have got the wrong end of the masonry! I walked through Hardye Arcade this morning and there was at least a small kitchen hand held dustpan full of small bits of wood, a bit of plaster and some mortar . In our day and age this constitutes a major crisis, so close everything down, what nonsense.
If it were a fire the Fire Brigade would deal with it immediately but landlords only deal with it , when it suits them. So shopkeepers suffer and the public are inconvenienced.
What a shambles.
As usual the correspondents on here have got the wrong end of the masonry! I walked through Hardye Arcade this morning and there was at least a small kitchen hand held dustpan full of small bits of wood, a bit of plaster and some mortar . In our day and age this constitutes a major crisis, so close everything down, what nonsense. If it were a fire the Fire Brigade would deal with it immediately but landlords only deal with it , when it suits them. So shopkeepers suffer and the public are inconvenienced. What a shambles. mr commonsense
  • Score: -1

7:34pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Arkwrights says...

Mr commonsense needs a new pair of glasses then, or he has a rather large dustpan if he had looked up when I did this morning after being told by one of the trades people and seeing a large piece of concrete ready to fall he would probably of seen the seriousness of it all. It's a good job it was reported when it was. Just to confirm when I walked through the arcade this evening on my way home the scaffolding was up and the arcade was fully open.
Mr commonsense needs a new pair of glasses then, or he has a rather large dustpan if he had looked up when I did this morning after being told by one of the trades people and seeing a large piece of concrete ready to fall he would probably of seen the seriousness of it all. It's a good job it was reported when it was. Just to confirm when I walked through the arcade this evening on my way home the scaffolding was up and the arcade was fully open. Arkwrights
  • Score: 7

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