Colne residents and traders to oppose new takeaway application

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Residents and traders oppose application rumoured to be from national pizza chain Residents and traders oppose application rumoured to be from national pizza chain

COLNE residents and business owners are set to object to an application for a new takeaway in Market Street.

The application, to divide the current Jack Fulton shop in two and use one half for a hot food takeaway, has sparked anger among local people who claim that Colne ‘has enough takeaways’, and that additional ones will lead to an increase in litter.

Retailers have also said they want to see more smaller, local businesses in Colne, and would object to a national chain moving in.

Ash Sutcliffe, who owns Colne interior shop Live Like The Boy in Shackleton Hall, said: “We already have quite a number of takeaways in Colne.

“Generally speaking there are a lot of independently-run, family businesses in Colne, and over the past 18 months, the town has started to improve because of the independent businesses here.

“Other retailers and businesses in the town centre don’t think it will add to the high street, since people want to see more independent retailers.

“We’ve already had comparisons to Hebden Bridge, and we have more potential than Hebden Bridge because of the infrastructure.

“The council apparently want bigger businesses in there. I’ve been told it’s a national chain.

“It’s been rumoured that it’s Domino’s Pizza, and so that’s obviously not going to be a local family business.

“I don’t know anybody that wants to see that application go through.”

Neil Watson, Pendle Council’s planning and building control manager, said: “There is nothing in our planning policy that states we would encourage national chains over independent businesses – our priority is to ensure the vitality and vibrancy of all our town centres, be this through independent shops or big name retailers.”

A council spokeswoman said the application would be discussed at Colne Area Committee meeting on April 10.

Those who wish to ask questions at the meeting must send these in writing by midday on April 9 to jane. watson@pendle.gov.uk.

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5:18pm Mon 17 Mar 14

onsidecobra says...

Not another take away, doesn't anyone cook any more? As for the litter problem take a look at Darwen Street in Blackburn in the early hours of weekends. Hold on to your principles people of Colne and make your town a place where shoppers want to visit.
Not another take away, doesn't anyone cook any more? As for the litter problem take a look at Darwen Street in Blackburn in the early hours of weekends. Hold on to your principles people of Colne and make your town a place where shoppers want to visit. onsidecobra
  • Score: 9

6:16pm Mon 17 Mar 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

onsidecobra wrote:
Not another take away, doesn't anyone cook any more? As for the litter problem take a look at Darwen Street in Blackburn in the early hours of weekends. Hold on to your principles people of Colne and make your town a place where shoppers want to visit.
in Pendle we cant we have a mainly Asian council and most of the takeaways are Asian run
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: Not another take away, doesn't anyone cook any more? As for the litter problem take a look at Darwen Street in Blackburn in the early hours of weekends. Hold on to your principles people of Colne and make your town a place where shoppers want to visit.[/p][/quote]in Pendle we cant we have a mainly Asian council and most of the takeaways are Asian run ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 4

8:41pm Mon 17 Mar 14

nomorels says...

Why don't the people of Colne get the say. Problem is the fact that Colne and Nelson are one council. Nelson is the bigger town and nothing like Colne that colne is outvoted by councillors that have no interest in the town. Why on earth would we want big chains in Colne? Small businesses are making the town positively shine. I say give Colne back to Colners! No more takeaways!!
Why don't the people of Colne get the say. Problem is the fact that Colne and Nelson are one council. Nelson is the bigger town and nothing like Colne that colne is outvoted by councillors that have no interest in the town. Why on earth would we want big chains in Colne? Small businesses are making the town positively shine. I say give Colne back to Colners! No more takeaways!! nomorels
  • Score: 10

9:35pm Mon 17 Mar 14

M Foster says...

nomorels wrote:
Why don't the people of Colne get the say. Problem is the fact that Colne and Nelson are one council. Nelson is the bigger town and nothing like Colne that colne is outvoted by councillors that have no interest in the town. Why on earth would we want big chains in Colne? Small businesses are making the town positively shine. I say give Colne back to Colners! No more takeaways!!
I fully agree. There is no shortage of food takeaways and cafe's in Colne - I frequent one in the arcade every Friday morning. A recent Asian-run one recently closed on West Street after at least 2 years of little custom after what I witnessed all hours and days of the week. Colners, keep them out - we love Colne just as it is, a little gem in East Lancs.
[quote][p][bold]nomorels[/bold] wrote: Why don't the people of Colne get the say. Problem is the fact that Colne and Nelson are one council. Nelson is the bigger town and nothing like Colne that colne is outvoted by councillors that have no interest in the town. Why on earth would we want big chains in Colne? Small businesses are making the town positively shine. I say give Colne back to Colners! No more takeaways!![/p][/quote]I fully agree. There is no shortage of food takeaways and cafe's in Colne - I frequent one in the arcade every Friday morning. A recent Asian-run one recently closed on West Street after at least 2 years of little custom after what I witnessed all hours and days of the week. Colners, keep them out - we love Colne just as it is, a little gem in East Lancs. M Foster
  • Score: 9

6:27am Tue 18 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

The problem is that takeaways are classed the same as retail in planning law. So if a premises already had planning permissions as a shop its very difficult to stop it opening as a takeaway.

In the end, these are businesses not charities. They are there to make money by selling takeaways. There is a simple solution for the people of Colne to reduce the number of takeaways.
The problem is that takeaways are classed the same as retail in planning law. So if a premises already had planning permissions as a shop its very difficult to stop it opening as a takeaway. In the end, these are businesses not charities. They are there to make money by selling takeaways. There is a simple solution for the people of Colne to reduce the number of takeaways. Excluded again
  • Score: 6

10:19am Tue 18 Mar 14

Cllr James Keith Starkie says...

nomorels wrote:
Why don't the people of Colne get the say. Problem is the fact that Colne and Nelson are one council. Nelson is the bigger town and nothing like Colne that colne is outvoted by councillors that have no interest in the town. Why on earth would we want big chains in Colne? Small businesses are making the town positively shine. I say give Colne back to Colners! No more takeaways!!
The report says that the decision will be taken at Colne Town Hall by Colne Councillors.
[quote][p][bold]nomorels[/bold] wrote: Why don't the people of Colne get the say. Problem is the fact that Colne and Nelson are one council. Nelson is the bigger town and nothing like Colne that colne is outvoted by councillors that have no interest in the town. Why on earth would we want big chains in Colne? Small businesses are making the town positively shine. I say give Colne back to Colners! No more takeaways!![/p][/quote]The report says that the decision will be taken at Colne Town Hall by Colne Councillors. Cllr James Keith Starkie
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10:28am Tue 18 Mar 14

Kevin, Colne says...

People in Colne can have a say. All planning applications are in the public domain and any resident is free to comment directly to the Planning Department and their views will be recorded, considered and reported accordingly. They can even request to speak at some of the committees that determine an application.

The bottom line is that a town will have shops for which there is sufficient local trade to enable them to cover their costs and generate a profit. The growth in Pound shops, betting shops, pay day loan shops and take-away providers in many high streets is simply a reflection of the pattern of demand.

One way to change this would be to alter the threshold of profitability for independent retailers.

This could be achieved by a local council buying vacant shop buildings and declaring them part of the ‘Commonwealth of Colne’ to be held in perpetuity for the benefit of the citizenry of the town and inviting genuine, local independent retailers to occupy them at a nominal rent, or rent sufficient to cover maintenance.

This would, of course, amount to a direct subsidy but at a stroke you would alter the threshold of profitability for independents, and in so doing you would get a high street with a very different composition to the one generated by the current market process.

In my view, this would be a far better way of utilising ‘Portas Money’ as a town would be converting the cash into capital rather than frittering it away on a range of good ideas that in the long term will do very little good.
People in Colne can have a say. All planning applications are in the public domain and any resident is free to comment directly to the Planning Department and their views will be recorded, considered and reported accordingly. They can even request to speak at some of the committees that determine an application. The bottom line is that a town will have shops for which there is sufficient local trade to enable them to cover their costs and generate a profit. The growth in Pound shops, betting shops, pay day loan shops and take-away providers in many high streets is simply a reflection of the pattern of demand. One way to change this would be to alter the threshold of profitability for independent retailers. This could be achieved by a local council buying vacant shop buildings and declaring them part of the ‘Commonwealth of Colne’ to be held in perpetuity for the benefit of the citizenry of the town and inviting genuine, local independent retailers to occupy them at a nominal rent, or rent sufficient to cover maintenance. This would, of course, amount to a direct subsidy but at a stroke you would alter the threshold of profitability for independents, and in so doing you would get a high street with a very different composition to the one generated by the current market process. In my view, this would be a far better way of utilising ‘Portas Money’ as a town would be converting the cash into capital rather than frittering it away on a range of good ideas that in the long term will do very little good. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 4

12:26pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Pat Howarth says...

Cllr Starkie...the report says nothing of the sort....it says this will be DISCUSSED by Colne Councillors at the Town Hall....it will not be 'decided'....there's a big difference and you should know that.

I HOPE THAT SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE OPPOSING THIS PROPOSED NEW TAKE AWAY WILL COME TO THE COUNCIL MEETING AND SPEAK UP. We're proving in other areas that people power actually works...have your say....you pay your taxes....so get your monie's worth ...speak out, you have the right.

There are asian councillors on Nelson council but not on Colne council.....and that reflects in the 2 towns if you all keep your eyes and ears open. Look seriously at these 2 towns and look how Nelson has changed....and not for the better. Colne, on the other hand, is a positive , beautiful, vibrant , colourful, hard working town...a town to be proud of....and I am very proud of Colne.
Colne is truly a gem in N E Lancs and we'll keep it that way.....but we still need everyone's opinion.....we all live here and if we want Colne to continue on the uphill path to remaining as the jewel of NE LANCS....REMEMBER WHY WE ARE WHAT WE ARE......and see why Nelson is as it is. Mary Portas was wasted on Nelson.
Cllr Starkie...the report says nothing of the sort....it says this will be DISCUSSED by Colne Councillors at the Town Hall....it will not be 'decided'....there's a big difference and you should know that. I HOPE THAT SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE OPPOSING THIS PROPOSED NEW TAKE AWAY WILL COME TO THE COUNCIL MEETING AND SPEAK UP. We're proving in other areas that people power actually works...have your say....you pay your taxes....so get your monie's worth ...speak out, you have the right. There are asian councillors on Nelson council but not on Colne council.....and that reflects in the 2 towns if you all keep your eyes and ears open. Look seriously at these 2 towns and look how Nelson has changed....and not for the better. Colne, on the other hand, is a positive , beautiful, vibrant , colourful, hard working town...a town to be proud of....and I am very proud of Colne. Colne is truly a gem in N E Lancs and we'll keep it that way.....but we still need everyone's opinion.....we all live here and if we want Colne to continue on the uphill path to remaining as the jewel of NE LANCS....REMEMBER WHY WE ARE WHAT WE ARE......and see why Nelson is as it is. Mary Portas was wasted on Nelson. Pat Howarth
  • Score: 0

10:31am Wed 19 Mar 14

Cllr James Keith Starkie says...

Pat Howarth wrote:
Cllr Starkie...the report says nothing of the sort....it says this will be DISCUSSED by Colne Councillors at the Town Hall....it will not be 'decided'....there's a big difference and you should know that.

I HOPE THAT SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE OPPOSING THIS PROPOSED NEW TAKE AWAY WILL COME TO THE COUNCIL MEETING AND SPEAK UP. We're proving in other areas that people power actually works...have your say....you pay your taxes....so get your monie's worth ...speak out, you have the right.

There are asian councillors on Nelson council but not on Colne council.....and that reflects in the 2 towns if you all keep your eyes and ears open. Look seriously at these 2 towns and look how Nelson has changed....and not for the better. Colne, on the other hand, is a positive , beautiful, vibrant , colourful, hard working town...a town to be proud of....and I am very proud of Colne.
Colne is truly a gem in N E Lancs and we'll keep it that way.....but we still need everyone's opinion.....we all live here and if we want Colne to continue on the uphill path to remaining as the jewel of NE LANCS....REMEMBER WHY WE ARE WHAT WE ARE......and see why Nelson is as it is. Mary Portas was wasted on Nelson.
If the planning application is heard at the Colne Area Committee meeting on April 10, it will be decided by the Pendle Councillors who sit on that committee. i.e. all the Borough Councillors for the Colne wards, plus those from Foulridge and Boulsworth.
Pat, your further comments about Colne and Nelson refer more to the Town Councillors who sit on Colne Town Council and Nelson Town Council; different entities altogether.
[quote][p][bold]Pat Howarth[/bold] wrote: Cllr Starkie...the report says nothing of the sort....it says this will be DISCUSSED by Colne Councillors at the Town Hall....it will not be 'decided'....there's a big difference and you should know that. I HOPE THAT SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE OPPOSING THIS PROPOSED NEW TAKE AWAY WILL COME TO THE COUNCIL MEETING AND SPEAK UP. We're proving in other areas that people power actually works...have your say....you pay your taxes....so get your monie's worth ...speak out, you have the right. There are asian councillors on Nelson council but not on Colne council.....and that reflects in the 2 towns if you all keep your eyes and ears open. Look seriously at these 2 towns and look how Nelson has changed....and not for the better. Colne, on the other hand, is a positive , beautiful, vibrant , colourful, hard working town...a town to be proud of....and I am very proud of Colne. Colne is truly a gem in N E Lancs and we'll keep it that way.....but we still need everyone's opinion.....we all live here and if we want Colne to continue on the uphill path to remaining as the jewel of NE LANCS....REMEMBER WHY WE ARE WHAT WE ARE......and see why Nelson is as it is. Mary Portas was wasted on Nelson.[/p][/quote]If the planning application is heard at the Colne Area Committee meeting on April 10, it will be decided by the Pendle Councillors who sit on that committee. i.e. all the Borough Councillors for the Colne wards, plus those from Foulridge and Boulsworth. Pat, your further comments about Colne and Nelson refer more to the Town Councillors who sit on Colne Town Council and Nelson Town Council; different entities altogether. Cllr James Keith Starkie
  • Score: 2

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