Existing shopkeepers oppose new cafe in Bushey parade

Existing shopkeepers oppose new cafe in Bushey parade

Existing shopkeepers oppose new cafe in Bushey parade

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Shopkeepers and road users of a busy Bushey parade have started a petition to fight off a planning application to open a new cafe.

Heading up the campaign, Jennifer Zorluo, owner of Fish n Chips in Harcourt Road, said the new business would add to traffic chaos.

The 51-year-old said: "We are all in agreement to oppose planning permission. There is a traffic problem in the area - it's diabolical.

"There is also a primary school across the road, and when parents come to pick up or drop off their children the parking situation is terrible.

"The proposed cafe and take away has a seating area as well, so instead of people coming and parking for five minutes the cars will be there while customers sit in and wait for their food. But you can't park there as it is."

Mrs Zorluo and her husband Nuri started a petition to raise awareness of the plans, in a couple of days they collected more than a hundred signatures.

Mrs Zorluo said: "We've been collecting signatures, we've already had a hundred people join in over the last few days. Many from parents of children at Little Reddings Primary School.

"We've had a meeting about the application with the headteacher of the school and seven of the shops here are going to sign a letter objecting to the plan."

The planning application was submitted to Hertsmere Borough Council to change the use of a shop at number 35 Harcourt Road, currently called The Pastry Shop, to a new cafe shop and take away.

The plans also seek permission to install an extractor fan at the premises.

In addition,  Mrs Zorluo said the shopkeepers were worried about antisocial behaviour as the take away opening times would be to 11pm.

She said: "It's only a small parade, there are just nine shops. The area really doesn't need another cafe or take away. Already there is the fish and chip shop, a Chinese take away and Tesco Express for cold food, sandwiches and snacks."

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2:14pm Thu 24 Jul 14

harry hornet wfc says...

Sounds like they are scared of a bit of competition
Sounds like they are scared of a bit of competition harry hornet wfc
  • Score: 6

2:44pm Thu 24 Jul 14

pepsiman says...

It can bring a lot of business to the area, that cant be all bad
It can bring a lot of business to the area, that cant be all bad pepsiman
  • Score: -1

2:50pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Andrew1963 says...

I use the butchers (after the one on in Bushey Heath closed), but if driving to it is causing the Chip shop owner a problem i can shop elsewhere.
I use the butchers (after the one on in Bushey Heath closed), but if driving to it is causing the Chip shop owner a problem i can shop elsewhere. Andrew1963
  • Score: 1

3:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

theturpster says...

pepsiman wrote:
It can bring a lot of business to the area, that cant be all bad
It's not that bad when you can get Jeff Goldblum to front any campaign ;-)
[quote][p][bold]pepsiman[/bold] wrote: It can bring a lot of business to the area, that cant be all bad[/p][/quote]It's not that bad when you can get Jeff Goldblum to front any campaign ;-) theturpster
  • Score: 8

8:25pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Nascot says...

So an owner of a Fish & Chip shop is leading the campaign to prevent a competitor opening. Sounds fishy to me!
So an owner of a Fish & Chip shop is leading the campaign to prevent a competitor opening. Sounds fishy to me! Nascot
  • Score: 0

1:38pm Fri 25 Jul 14

CaptainPC says...

Imagine there being anti-social behaviour in Harcourt Road. That would be a turn up for the books!
Imagine there being anti-social behaviour in Harcourt Road. That would be a turn up for the books! CaptainPC
  • Score: 3

11:32am Sun 27 Jul 14

MrsJBrown says...

As a resident in the local area, I can attest to the awful traffic and parking situation! It is awful. And a safety hazard to the children and parents of the school who struggle to cross the roads and find suitable parking. The local council needs to do something.
As a resident in the local area, I can attest to the awful traffic and parking situation! It is awful. And a safety hazard to the children and parents of the school who struggle to cross the roads and find suitable parking. The local council needs to do something. MrsJBrown
  • Score: 1

10:53pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Rose_Quartz says...

pepsiman wrote:
It can bring a lot of business to the area, that cant be all bad
Yeah but it has to be the right kind of business! My children go to the local school and there are already undesirable people in the area. We don't need another dingy sit down takeaway selling fried foods because it will attract more of the bad crowd with their white vans and motorbikes! The congestion is bad enough!!
[quote][p][bold]pepsiman[/bold] wrote: It can bring a lot of business to the area, that cant be all bad[/p][/quote]Yeah but it has to be the right kind of business! My children go to the local school and there are already undesirable people in the area. We don't need another dingy sit down takeaway selling fried foods because it will attract more of the bad crowd with their white vans and motorbikes! The congestion is bad enough!! Rose_Quartz
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Rose_Quartz says...

Yeah but it has to be the right kind of business! My children go to the local school and there are already undesirable people in the area. We don't need another dingy sit down takeaway selling fried foods because it will attract more of the bad crowd in the area with their white vans and motorbikes! The congestion is bad enough.
Yeah but it has to be the right kind of business! My children go to the local school and there are already undesirable people in the area. We don't need another dingy sit down takeaway selling fried foods because it will attract more of the bad crowd in the area with their white vans and motorbikes! The congestion is bad enough. Rose_Quartz
  • Score: 0

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