Posted by: westlancashirerecord | April 14, 2017

“Cockybeck” Co-Op Crowing Too Soon?

On Monday Aughton Parish Council considered an application by the Co-Op for the Cockbeck Tavern , Variation of Condition No.4 imposed on planning permission 2016/0668/FUL to permit trading between 0700 and 2300 Monday to Sunday, including Bank Holidays. Consideration was short and sweet, the decision was no to permission for 23.00 trading in what is still a residential area that just happens to have attracted a shop to compete with a Spar that closes at 22.00 and that’s late enough thanks!

It’s tricky because Condition 4 limits the hours the premises were open to the public to between the hours of 0700 and 2300 Mondays to Saturdays and 0800 and 2200 on Sundays and Public/Bank Holidays. The variation sought is to permit the premises to be opening to customers between the hours of 0700 and 2300 Mondays to Sundays.

So the Clerk wrote to WLBC that “Members could not support the proposal to vary the trading hours to 7am-11pm. There would be no objection to a 7am start provided a condition was imposed for a 10pm closing time, in line with other retail businesses in the Parish. This would ensure the protection of residential amenity in this ‘rural village location’ and prevent ‘setting a precedent’ for others to make similar applications”.

But the Champion newspaper  [click to read] tells us this £1,000,000 investment WILL open to 11pm while creating 15 new jobs, not accounting for the probable lost jobs in the Spar, and even Huytons whose bought in baked products might lose out to the Co-Op in-store bakery?

Being cynical, as ever, while the Co-Op tell us we can be members to obtain 5% rewards of “own branded products and services” what’s the betting on a cut price start to the Co-Op, the Spar can’t compete and closes, and whoops, Co-Op prices rise to recover the £1,000,000 investment?

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