March food outlet debate

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WITH regard to planning applications for a cafe and Dominos Pizza in Broad Street, March, and the subsequent objections (Citizen April 11).

I always understood in Fenland takeaways, cafes and restaurants were acceptable if there wasn’t too many in an area.

Look at this list: Corner of Creek Road Christian Book shop serves light refreshments; Chinese restaurant opposite Boyes in Station Road, from Broad Street junction to Creek Road you have fish and chips, kebabs, Chinese, Barn Restaurant, Mullers Cafe; Hippodrome in Dartford Road, Indian restaurant, in Broad Street Greggs, sandwich bar in Fenland Walk, USA Chicken in Broad Street, an Italian restaurant in Nene Parade and fish and chips.

I make it 15 outlets in a small area plus maybe two more. If business people believe they can make a living with restaurants and cafes with all the competition, so be it.

Obviously, the two applicants believe they will have a viable business. I think there are six opticians in town, seven charity shops, numerous hairdressers and beauty shops.

At least we haven’t got loads of empty, boarded up shops and the previous freezer shop doesn’t look bad now its had a face-lift.

ROBERT HARVEY

March