Legacy version : 403 error for stylesheets

I am getting a 403 error when trying to link to my stylesheets. Never happened before. Went through the usual process using absolute path for stylesheets and images without any joy.

[core:crit] (13)Permission denied: AH00529: /var/www/vhosts/totaldoorsystems.co.nz/httpdocs/concrete5/web/themes/tds/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable and that '/var/www/vhosts/totaldoorsystems.co.nz/httpdocs/concrete5/web/themes/tds/' is executable, referer:https://totaldoorsystems.co.nz/concrete5/web/...

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hutman replied on at Permalink Reply
Does this file exist /var/www/vhosts/totaldoorsystems.co.nz/httpdocs/concrete5/web/themes/tds/.htaccess? Normally there is no .htaccess file in the theme.
trixiemay replied on at Permalink Reply
[SOLVED] I had encrypted the site prior to developing. So all the execute permissions for the c5 folder were switched off! Did a recursive change through Filezilla which solved the problem. Interestingly didn't need an htaccess file to make it run correctly.