Managers of the Clock Towers Shopping Centre say their redevelopment plans are still on track – as complaints about its leaky roof continue.
The £25 million revamp was approved by councillors in January, but were plunged into uncertainty owing to the continued expansion of the Elliott’s Field retail park.
And while the Clock Towers management insists discussions with new retailers are ongoing, the long-running problems with its roof have continued to cause difficulties for shoppers. Partially-sighted Justin Coling, from Rugby, was unhappy about containers being used to catch rain on Saturday May 24 at 1pm outside Poundland.
The 42-year-old said: “There must have been 14 or 15 of them scattered all over the place catching the rain water.
“I’m blind in one eye so I’m very aware of obstacles like that. It’s dangerous for partially-sighted and blind people.
“There were so many buckets it looked like a chicane.
“I’ve got friends who have guide dogs and I think they would really struggle to get around them.”
Tony Spencer, manager of Clock Towers, said the centre would look into the issue and take Mr Coling’s comments on board. He added: “We’re trying to instigate the development work and that will take care of the roof when it goes through. However, in the mean time we may look at getting some brighter warning cones to alert people to the containers and make them easier to see.
“The plans for the revamp are still ongoing and we are in the process of discussing the development with retailers and trying to get them in.
“We are looking at getting the roof repaired and are making progress with the plans.”