A BUSINESS owner said he is pleased to see the 'iron curtain' blocking his shop from view is being worked on.

Scaffolding around an unsafe building in Broad Street is being painted to make it look more appealing. 

Urgent work is taking place at the closed Poundland shop, owned by Crown Estates, which started in May 2021.

Barriers and the scaffolding was set up after storms caused damage to the building making it unsafe but have been a cause for concern for businesses in the lower section of the street.

A spokesperson for Toys & Games of Worcester said: "Very pleased to see Crown Estates have sent a work party to tidy the frontage of Poundland.

"The iron curtain has been primed and is being painted blue ready for the signage to be put back in place. Crown Estates are also looking at wrapping the scaffold in a net/mash to improve the visibility up and down Broad Street.

"The redundant wire fencing has been removed by Highways and Worcester City Council are trying to arrange funding to get some planters on the lower part of Broad Street and are arranging a weeding team.

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"Worcester BID have requested permission from all property owners to install secure brackets ready for bunting and other initiatives that are seen around town like the lampshades/umbrellas features.

"We’ll be working on the front of our shop tomorrow giving it a full clean and some fresh paint. We have also requested a clean on the old Knowles Sports which we have been using for a window wrap. It’s a start."

The Crown Estate said it is continuing to carry out the works to Angel House as swiftly as possible and is liaising with the businesses affected.

It was also mentioned how updates will be issued to those affected regarding the completion of the project.

Traders on Broad Street have recently spoken out against the works, claiming the site to be an "eyesore" which has been detrimental to business.

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We have contacted The Crown Estate for more information about what the recent works were in relation to.