Monday, 11 October 2010

The Wetherspoons debate...

Finally set foot inside a Wetherspoons last weekend at Windsor. Examples of the very reasonable prices are:

  • 2 teacakes with jam 79p
  • pint of Abbot £2.10
  • cappuccino £1.45
  • 3 sausages, beans and chips £3.99

Should the residents of and visitors to Bury be denied these prices? Would the competition force others out of business? If a Bury Wetherspoons closes at midnight would that be 'early' enough to allay fears of late night drunkenness?

Answers by clicking on 'comments' below, please.


Sylviane said...

If a Bury Wetherspoons closes at midnight, next year it will apply for for 1am...

Councillor Paul Farmer said...

Good point Sylviane.

I think it will be hard enough to get a closure before 2 or even 3am in the first place, but I do think midnight would help. It's what I'm aiming for.

If they then apply for a variation then the arguments which might achieve a midnight closure in the first place should still apply.

Sylviane said...

Good point!

Bury Boy said...

A new wetherspoons I am sure will be welcome in some quarters, and not in others, no doubt some small family run businesses will close, or adapt, maybe some less than successful national ones will close too. As to hours it would be nice if our elected and local councillors were listerned to rather than unelected officiers opinions, and haverhill block vote deciding the day. not to say husband and wife councillor teams making licienceing decisions and sitting on planning committee conflict of interest or what?. say la vie thats local politics.

With luck Wetherspoons will diver and fail to apply for opening hours before the new govt rules of liciencing and local opinion take effect, we can only hope.

What I think is unclear is if wetherspoons in the Corn Exchange, is the right place, better say Barcleys bank, or Cornhill shopping centre, which word on the street has it are still possible.

Councillor Paul Farmer said...

Wise words BB. We all live in hope.

Word on the street has always included a bank as a possible alternative, and it would be odd for a national chain to put all their eggs in one basket.

So far no planning or licensing application for anywhere, but watch this space.