Businesses along Scarborough esplanade and at the western end of Scarborough Beach Road are suffering as a result of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) upgrading the Scarborough foreshore.

The limited beach access, fences cordoning off areas, and the difficulties with traffic congestion due to works has led to a significant drop in foot traffic.

One popular café Boho Espresso last week announced it may have to shut its doors. Other local businesses have also indicated decline in visitors of up to 40% during what would normally a peak summer period.

Wild Fig café owner Chris Burke said small businesses were close to bankruptcy after the year-long foreshore redevelopment which removed hundreds of car bays. He said his business had lost $20,000 a week.

In response to this, Councillor Karen Caddy has put forward an idea to City of Stirling council at last night’s meeting regarding rates concessions for businesses affected during this time.

“The Scarborough Foreshore redevelopment works are having a significant detrimental impact on the local businesses,” she said.

“Some have seen their profits slashed and are facing bankruptcy.”

A report will be provided to council and the outcome determined at the May 9th council meeting.

Until then the local community are showing support after nearly 300 customers flooded Boho Espresso on the weekend.

When the redevelopment is complete at the end of 2017, local businesses are in the right position to greatly benefit, but until then they need local support to survive. You can show your support by visiting the cafes and bars, and recommending establishments to friends and family.