Portable cabins cause problems for Lancaster traders

The portable cabins, which are blocking the shops on Owen Road.
The portable cabins, which are blocking the shops on Owen Road.

CITY traders say portable cabins erected to support nearby sewer works are completely blocking their shop fronts.

Shopkeepers on Owen Road, close to Skerton Bridge, had already complained about a new one-way system introduced because of the works, claiming it appeared that Lune Street, which is used to access their businesses, was closed.

United Utilities has since erected signs making it clear the access is still available, but the shop owners say their trade is now being affected by eight portable cabins, three of them of a ‘double-decker’ height, which were installed last week as part of a site compound.

Kai Ling, owner of Top Wan Chinese takeaway, said: “I cannot see my own shop. The cabins are so big that they block people’s view of it as they drive past, even when the signs are lit at night. The locals know what is happening but I think we will lose some passing trade. If the cabins are here until the sewer works are complete in May we will lose a lot of money.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (10-11-11) for full story.