300 oppose new off licence in Southend

300 oppose new off licence in Southend

300 oppose new off licence in Southend

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CONCERNED locals have joined together to fight plans for a new off-licence.

More than 300 shopkeepers and residents along Sutton Road, Southend, have signed a petition against the granting of the licence which would allow the owner to sell booze from 10am until 11pm seven days a week.

Sunil Patel, who owns an off-licence and shop two doors along from the empty shop, said there are already eight businesses selling alcohol within a mile of the parade.

Mr Patel, who has had the business for 26 years, said another entreprenuer wanted to open a hardware store there.

He said: “Nobody wants it and we don’t need it.

“We haven’t got a hardware store round here and we would appreciate that.”

The petition will be handed to Southend Council before next Wednesday, January 9.

Doreen Crathern, who owns Bizzy Lizzy florist further along the parade, said she was fully in support of the petition.

She said: “There are enough off-licences and in this parade we need something different.”

The parade, near to Jones Memorial Recreation Ground, has a mixture of shops and takeaways which the traders want to keep.

Nick Hickin, co-owner of car parts shop Victory Motor Factor, added: “The parade could do with a different type of shop. It needs something different to help the parade survive.”

People living in Sutton Road and the surrounding area said they feared another place selling alcohol would encourage antisocial behaviour.

Tony Chytry, 58, who lives in Royston Avenue, said residents were fighting to get an alcohol exclusion zone put in around Cluny Square and this would not help.

He said: “We get beer bottles and cans strewn up the road a this is just going to fuel more of it.

“What would be nice is to see things like butchers return - things the community needs.”

Grandmother Karen Brown, 46, who lives in The Mulberrys, is a regular customer of the parade.
She added: “It would be nice to have a bakers or a greengrocers - something that we haven’t got already. Something a bit different would be good.”

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4:17pm Mon 7 Jan 13

emcee says...

A good hardware shop is as hard to find as hens teeth in this day and age. Not everybody wants to bow to the B&Q or Homebase overpricing.
A hardware shop would, therefore, be good choice for any parade of shops.
A good hardware shop is as hard to find as hens teeth in this day and age. Not everybody wants to bow to the B&Q or Homebase overpricing. A hardware shop would, therefore, be good choice for any parade of shops. emcee
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4:24pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd says...

Mark my words, it will be whatever lines SBC's coffers the most.....So an offy it will be then, case closed.
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Could be worse could end up being another 'Fried Chicken joint' or similar!
Mark my words, it will be whatever lines SBC's coffers the most.....So an offy it will be then, case closed. . Could be worse could end up being another 'Fried Chicken joint' or similar! Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd
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4:28pm Mon 7 Jan 13

firedog says...

Any type of shop has to make a profit,whatever type of shop opens,if people
dont use it ,it will close.It is not what shop you would like to see,it is what shop
is viable.
Any type of shop has to make a profit,whatever type of shop opens,if people dont use it ,it will close.It is not what shop you would like to see,it is what shop is viable. firedog
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4:33pm Mon 7 Jan 13

supershrimper says...

I bet the kids in that photo, who make up the 300 no doubt, have no idea what they are arguing for. So really it is 100 people plus their kids.
I bet the kids in that photo, who make up the 300 no doubt, have no idea what they are arguing for. So really it is 100 people plus their kids. supershrimper
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4:50pm Mon 7 Jan 13

AuldGit says...

emcee wrote:
A good hardware shop is as hard to find as hens teeth in this day and age. Not everybody wants to bow to the B&Q or Homebase overpricing.
A hardware shop would, therefore, be good choice for any parade of shops.
You are so right! Half the time I go to either B & Q or Homebase, and they either haven't got what I'm looking for, or it's priced out of all reality.
Decent hardware shop, Bring it on!
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: A good hardware shop is as hard to find as hens teeth in this day and age. Not everybody wants to bow to the B&Q or Homebase overpricing. A hardware shop would, therefore, be good choice for any parade of shops.[/p][/quote]You are so right! Half the time I go to either B & Q or Homebase, and they either haven't got what I'm looking for, or it's priced out of all reality. Decent hardware shop, Bring it on! AuldGit
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4:59pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd says...

AuldGit wrote:
emcee wrote:
A good hardware shop is as hard to find as hens teeth in this day and age. Not everybody wants to bow to the B&Q or Homebase overpricing.
A hardware shop would, therefore, be good choice for any parade of shops.
You are so right! Half the time I go to either B & Q or Homebase, and they either haven't got what I'm looking for, or it's priced out of all reality.
Decent hardware shop, Bring it on!
Izod & Burnip, Southchurch road will have what you want and cheap.
[quote][p][bold]AuldGit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: A good hardware shop is as hard to find as hens teeth in this day and age. Not everybody wants to bow to the B&Q or Homebase overpricing. A hardware shop would, therefore, be good choice for any parade of shops.[/p][/quote]You are so right! Half the time I go to either B & Q or Homebase, and they either haven't got what I'm looking for, or it's priced out of all reality. Decent hardware shop, Bring it on![/p][/quote]Izod & Burnip, Southchurch road will have what you want and cheap. Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd
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5:33pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

how many locals didn't sign because they're not that concerned?
how many locals didn't sign because they're not that concerned? Eric Whim
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5:40pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Public Inconvenience says...

Locals would like to see a butchers,greengocers or bakers? Unfortunately this is 2013 not 1973,they wouldn't last a month against the supermarkets.
The site will either become an off-licence,a takeaway or charity shop,or converted into flats of course(!)
Locals would like to see a butchers,greengocers or bakers? Unfortunately this is 2013 not 1973,they wouldn't last a month against the supermarkets. The site will either become an off-licence,a takeaway or charity shop,or converted into flats of course(!) Public Inconvenience
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6:18pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Nebs says...

Two businesses trying to get the same shop, so much for the recession.
Two businesses trying to get the same shop, so much for the recession. Nebs
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9:30pm Mon 7 Jan 13

NOTORIOUS says...

A HARDWARE SHOP HAS TRIED TO OPEN HERE - BUT THE OFFY APPLICATION SEEMS TO BE THE OWNERS PREFERED CHOICE - ITS AN ESTABLISHED BUISNESS HAVING TO MOVE BECAUSE PITSEA MARKET IS BEING RE-DEVELOPED!!!
A HARDWARE SHOP HAS TRIED TO OPEN HERE - BUT THE OFFY APPLICATION SEEMS TO BE THE OWNERS PREFERED CHOICE - ITS AN ESTABLISHED BUISNESS HAVING TO MOVE BECAUSE PITSEA MARKET IS BEING RE-DEVELOPED!!! NOTORIOUS
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4:59am Tue 8 Jan 13

Brunning999 says...

Booze the answer to all our woes!
Booze the answer to all our woes! Brunning999
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9:02am Tue 8 Jan 13

Brunning999 says...

NOTORIOUS wrote:
A HARDWARE SHOP HAS TRIED TO OPEN HERE - BUT THE OFFY APPLICATION SEEMS TO BE THE OWNERS PREFERED CHOICE - ITS AN ESTABLISHED BUISNESS HAVING TO MOVE BECAUSE PITSEA MARKET IS BEING RE-DEVELOPED!!!
Odd comment to make!
[quote][p][bold]NOTORIOUS[/bold] wrote: A HARDWARE SHOP HAS TRIED TO OPEN HERE - BUT THE OFFY APPLICATION SEEMS TO BE THE OWNERS PREFERED CHOICE - ITS AN ESTABLISHED BUISNESS HAVING TO MOVE BECAUSE PITSEA MARKET IS BEING RE-DEVELOPED!!![/p][/quote]Odd comment to make! Brunning999
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4:58pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Eric Whim wrote:
how many locals didn't sign because they're not that concerned?
Thousands...........
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[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: how many locals didn't sign because they're not that concerned?[/p][/quote]Thousands........... . Carnabackable
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6:10pm Fri 1 Feb 13

lottie31 says...

the council have agreed to it as of today my mum went to the meeting. there is something dodgy going on though, the guy lives in coventry he will be happy with only £300 profit a month but is spending £100,000 to fit the shop. its not right i have shopped at sunils since i was a little girl and he has everything you need. we need to boycott this new shop.
the council have agreed to it as of today my mum went to the meeting. there is something dodgy going on though, the guy lives in coventry he will be happy with only £300 profit a month but is spending £100,000 to fit the shop. its not right i have shopped at sunils since i was a little girl and he has everything you need. we need to boycott this new shop. lottie31
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