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Charity shop suffering during Cheddar Market Cross repair work

By Cheddar Valley Gazette  |  Posted: September 21, 2012

Work begins on Cheddar Market Cross

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A side effect of Cheddar Market Cross traffic lights is robbing a charity shop of half its donations.

The Sue Ryder shop next to the monument relies on its parking spaces in front of the store for people to stop and drop off goods for sale. But reckless overtaking at the spot the last time lights were up has seen traffic cones blockade parking.

The scaffolding and safety fencing orbiting the cross abuts into the road this time, reducing traffic to single file.

Shop manager Andrea Cox said: “Since the lights went up last week it has cost us 30 per cent of our trade. We are down £400. Our donations are down 50 per cent.”

Mrs Cox appealed for an extra effort from donors to park nearby and walk their goods to the store while the work was going on.

She said: “If there’s another seven weeks of this it will cripple us. I’m not the only one feeling the pinch but it’s worse this time without that area outside the shop.”

A new criticism of the market cross project is where are the workmen as the site has been vacant at times.

Cheddar Parish Council clerk Wendy Barritt said work is definitely being done and things are on track to finish the job by the end of October.

She said: “Wells Cathedral Stonemasons are not there all day every day as some work is done in their yard and progress is being made.

“The first few days saw scaffolding go up but Wednesday onwards they were there but they won’t be onsite all the time.”

Cheddar Market Cross was damaged six months ago when it was struck by a taxi. Temporary traffic lights were put up for 94 days while the structure was stabilised.

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