In euclidean n-space, it's easy to show that given a set $S$ of radius $< r$, the $a$-neighbourhood of $S$ is a ball, for any $a \geq 2r$.

Proof: Let $S$ be contained in $B_r(y)$, $y \in \mathbb{R}^n$. Note that if $a \ge 2r$ then $ B_r(y) \subset Nbd_a(S)$. Let $z\in Nbd_a(S) \backslash B_r(y)$. Consider the triangle with vertices $z$, $y$ and $s$ with $s\in S$. The length of the edge $yz$ is greater than $r$ which is greater than the length of the edge $ys$. It follows that the angle at $z$ is less than $\pi/2$ (less than $\pi/3$, in fact), which means that points on the edge $yz$ near $z$ are closer to $s$ than $z$ is, which implies that these points are also in $Nbd_a(S)$. Hence $Nbd_a(S)$ is star-shaped with respect to $y$.

I'd like a result for a metric $PL$ manifold, of the form:

Theorem: For an metric $PL$ manifold $M$, there is some $\epsilon > 0$ such that every subset $S$ of radius $r$ and all $a$ with $2r \leq a \leq \epsilon$, the neighbourhood $Nbd_a(S)$ is homeomorphic to a ball.

Can someone provide a proof?