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    L Byrne wrote:
    I had a conversation with the co-owner of a shop in Northwich town centre today which is closing town in a few days time. He blamed the high rates and the impact of the CWAC Council imposed gyratory traffic system.

    His shop happens to be a few yards from a greengrocer, a fish merchant and a butchers, all of which will be wiped out , with others, when the ASDA store arrives in Baron's Quay. What should be absolutely galling for the small shopkeepers in Northwich is that CWAC Council has taken the role of developer for Baron's Quay because no commercial company would take the risk and the council taxes that they are paying is being spent to encourage unfair competition into the town which will bankrupt many of them. An absolute scandal.

    The link with the story about Foodcraft is that the both prove that CWAC Council is indifferent when it comes to the threat posed to small local businesses by its half baked grand schemes.

    To be fair to Cllr Riley, she is merely the messenger . The real power lies with the small clique of councillors and officials at the very top who run the council as if it were their own fiefdom.

    Nicksey is correct, we need some independent local councillors who will put the interests of Northwich and Winsford first and will be a counterweight to the Tory party hacks who are likely to continue to be elected in the more salubrious areas of Cheshire West. Middlewich has set a precedent with its three Middlewich First councillors who are members of Cheshire East Council.

    Somethings have got to change.
    L Byrne - a few weeks ago you complained that Barons Quay had been given over to an outside developer so we locals had lost control. Now you have been corrected and you realise CWAC are the developer, so you complain that they are doing it because no outside developer was willing to do it. So which do you prefer, CWAC as developer - where we get influence via councillors and elections - or an outside developer? I am glad that CWAC is the developer. I also note that the small shops you mentioned survived the arrival of Sainsbury's and M&S right in the town centre. One of the best greengrocers is right opposite M&S and survives! The butchers and fishmongers in the town are excellent and it's not as if they have not had competition from supermarkets already. I predict they will continue to do well, Barons Quay will bring more people into the town and so there will be enough trade to go round."
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Double yellows leave shop 'fighting for survival'

Double yellows leave shop 'fighting for survival'

Double yellows leave shop 'fighting for survival'

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A WELL known Winsford fish ‘n’ chip is ‘fighting for survival’ after the local authority announced plans to implement double yellow lines on the road outside.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is in a formal consultation over plans to introduce double yellow lines on a section of the A54 High Street.

However, the proposals mean customers of Foodcraft would no longer be able to park outside the shop, something owner John Finney believes will be the death of his business.

“We are fighting for our survival,” he said. “We don’t have the resources to relocate so we will have to close. This is a business that has taken a lifetime to build.

“We live in a town that’s dying, as far as the town centre is concerned, week on week there are more empty shops.

“But they will close a business down that has up to 1,200 customers a week, who come to spend money in our town and pay the wages of our workers from the town – we employ 12 people, sometimes 17, many on a full time basis.”

Mr Finney’s father bought Foodcraft more than 40 years ago, but he fears the family-run business is on the brink of closure.

“For the last 40 years people have stopped outside our shop,” he said. “This will absolutely bring our business down.”

These views were echoed by Mike Bennett, whose hairdressers the Cutting Edge will also be affected.

He added: “It’s ridiculous; this will impact massively on my business as customers will have to walk from the town centre.

“At this moment in time business is not brilliant and it’s hard enough without having to battle the council, who are supposed to be on our side.”

Mike Kennedy, Winsford mayor, said the council were making decisions with ‘no thought or regard’ for the people in the town.

“How do I, as mayor, make a promise at my inauguration to engage with and support local business when silly decisions are made to hinder and harm local business,” he said.

“In Foodcraft, yes we are talking about a fish, pie and chip shop, but it is so much more to Winsford – it is an institution.

“It was nice to hear about Localism, but annoying in the extreme to find out it means nothing.

“Do Cheshire West and Chester Council believe that Winsford should be destroyed? I doubt it, so let us have some common sense.”

Councillor Lynn Riley, executive member for localities, said: “Parked vehicles along this stretch of the A54 create a hazard because they restrict the use of one lane, forcing motorists to switch lanes.

“The proposal to remove on-street parking follows a detailed assessment of all options.”

Foodcraft has started an online petition against the proposals, it can be found at ipetitions.com/petition/savefoodcraft

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