City of York Council has apologised to a family-run cafe after it had to temporarily close due to the disruption caused by nearby roadworks.
Independent family run cafe and delicatessen Mannetti’s closed on Monday (22 May), saying it wouldn’t open again until the following Saturday.
Managers of the cafe cited a drop in footfall due to roadworks caused by the installation of anti-terrorism bollards in Lendal.
James Gilchrist, director of transport, environment and planning at City of York Council, said: “I apologise for any inconvenience this work creates.
“All affected businesses and residents were contacted about this last year and again in April this year ahead of works starting.
“This included issuing a press release, hand-delivering letters, speaking to businesses and residents, as well as putting signs and ‘businesses open as usual’ notices on the affected roads.
“Our officers are available to give further details on the work.
“Access to all businesses and homes is being maintained while the work is carried out.
“Pedestrians have through access and diversions are in place for vehicles with staff on hand to support them.
“We are planning to reopen the footway fully by June 9, but necessary drainage work may mean that a further short closure of the street is necessary.
“If this is the case, we will continue to liaise with businesses and residents to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.”
A post on Mannetti’s Facebook read: “Due to ongoing works out the front of Mannettis and significantly reduced/no footfall.
“We have made the decision to close Monday to Friday to do some painting.
“We will re-open Saturday, 27 May, at 10am.
“Thanks for your continued support now more than ever.”
Well these bollards will not stop a terrorist vehicle attack because they have all ready got there vehicle in to the zone
The only way to make the area safe is to have maned gate barriers at the entry and exit points this way blue badges can be inspected at the same time