Roadworks on Swanpool Road have "caused chaos," according to the owner of Falmouth Garden Centre.

Part of the road will be closed for nearly one month whilst works to improve the gas supply to a new Linden Homes development are carried out.

A stretch of the road between St Nazaire Close and Tremorvah Way was closed on Monday, and will not reopen until Friday June 7.

Mike Clegg, who owns Falmouth Garden Centre, fears that the closure will disrupt business in what is usually one of the busiest times of the year.

He says that road closure signs put up by contractors are turning people away from the business and creating a hazard for motorists.

He said: "We have got a business to run and we can't get anybody here at all. We have got deliveries coming. It's caused chaos.

"It's not that they're putting signs up, it's where they're putting them. There are signs all the way up to Bickland Water Road.

"This month is our biggest month of the year and it's going to cause various financial problems. I know people have got to do this work but it should be done in a way that causes as little obstruction as possible."

Mike went on to say that the signs nearly caused an accident when they were erected on Monday as a driver had to reverse out into traffic on Bickland Water Road.

He also said that none of the business owners were informed that the road would be closed until Friday, just days before the closure. In response, the firm in charge of the roadworks has promised to put up signs letting people know that businesses are open as usual.

Andy West, planning manager for Linden Homes said that in preparing for the road closure, developers decided that the works should be carried out "in one go" so as to minimise disruption to residents and businesses.