Edinburgh businesses hit out as Taylor Swift mania forces shops to close early

Taylor Swift's three sold out shows at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium are well underway - wbut not everyone is excited about the megastar's arrival.

With road closures affecting residents and businesses in the surrounding areas, some had a lot to say - and not all of it positive.

Tam works at Roseburn Garage, a stone's throw away from the stadium, and said these big concerts have affected the garage 'big time'.

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He added: "This Taylor Swift business has affected us. We have to close early. We’ve had to put off clients because they can’t come in and out. "

"We’ve had to cancel MOTs and work is moved to next week. So it’s putting a lot of pressure on us for next week to catch up. The garage has had phone calls from customers to book in and we’ve had to say 'no'.

"We get harassed by the traffic wardens and we get no compensation at all. None of the businesses get compensation."

He continued: "We’re losing days. Friday we are shutting early at noon, and then on Saturdays, we are usually open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Sundays we are usually closed.

"It’s all good for Swift hen, but we get nothing. All we get is harassment from traffic wardens. A customer comes in and drops their car off for an MOT and they immediately shout ‘You can’t park there!’"

Tam also complained about the lack of warning given. He added: “Notices for road closures were only put up on Wednesday. We know what’s going on and that she's coming to play this weekend, 'cause we check the net. But that’s beside the point."

Ross who works at JRM Coachworks was also less than impressed at a perceived lack of communication. He said: “The paperwork says 2pm for road closures. To be honest we have hardly had any notification on timings. We are shutting at 12pm today."

"I phoned the stadium for previous concerts and they gave you no information at all. They tell you to call the police as they are the ones closing the roads, but it's the stadium that is putting on these concerts. You can't get anywhere."

He continued: "I’ve never seen a letter before. I only know because my business partner's sister lives down the road and she’s had a letter well before now advising of stuff going on. But we are right next to the stadium and we’ve had nothing."

Ross is also unhappy at a lack of compensation for the loss of earnings. He said: "Usually, we are open till 4.30pm so we are losing out on lots of customers and trade. No compensation is being offered at all. There are not many businesses here, so it wouldn't cost her much to compensate us for a day or two closure."

Screwfix is a retailer of trade tools and most of their customers arrive by car. Derek who works there said: “People can walk in and buy stuff, but if they're buying big bulky pieces and with the road closures they can’t park anywhere near and might struggle.

He continued: “They are just going to go to our other stores around Edinburgh. We are just going to stay open, and it will be normal trading hours. We will just be tidying up and cleaning. Occasionally you get some locals that walk in but it’s nowhere near our usual amount of trading.”

He added: “The main issue I think is the mess that is left after the gigs, the feather boas go everywhere for so long after the shows. It gets everywhere."

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