MP Priti's attack on council after it orders businesses out of Black Barn

MP Priti's attack on council after it orders businesses out of Black Barn

MP Priti's attack on council after it orders businesses out of Black Barn

First published in News

AN MP has called Colchester Council “crass” and says it should be ashamed of itself for forcing a small business centre to close.

About 40 businesses have been evicted from the Black Barn gift and craft centre in Turkey Cock Lane, Stanway, and have spent the past few days clearing the building.

Colchester Council says it gave the businesses their marching orders because they had been trading on the site for six years without the correct planning permission.

Kevin Wells, 53, who ran a furniture business, said the closure spelled the end of his company and the livelihoods of other leaseholders.

He said: “They weren’t big enough to take on another premises.

I was over there yesterday clearing bits out and three customers turned up and couldn’t believe it.”

The Black Barn had planning permission for the sale of furniture, but most of the businesses there were selling other items.

This led Colchester Council to ordered them out last October, giving them until December 31.

Priti Patel, Tory MP for Stanway, has been campaigning behalf of the businesses.

She said: “It’s very disappointing to see the centre being forced to close, causing uncertainty and distress to those small businesses who use the centre.

“The crass attitude the council has towards local businesses continues to cause misery and holds back local economic growth.

“Colchester Council should be ashamed of itself for forcing this closure.”

However, a council spokesman said its enterprise team and planning officers had offered to help the Black Barn traders to find other premises.

He said: “We provided Black Barn representatives a list of alternative premises to consider.

“Unfortunately, it appears none of these sites was suitable for their needs.

“The council will continue to offer guidance and support for any of the businesses that request it.”

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7:27am Thu 9 Jan 14

jim_bo says...

It traded for 6 years and never caused anyone any issues, so instead of evicting them why didn't CBC offer change of use ?

Just because the planning book says one thing, it's just guidance. No common sense in the planning dept.
It traded for 6 years and never caused anyone any issues, so instead of evicting them why didn't CBC offer change of use ? Just because the planning book says one thing, it's just guidance. No common sense in the planning dept. jim_bo
  • Score: 13

8:14am Thu 9 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Perhaps incentives, to grease the wheels, were not offered!

People need to "think out of the box" when dealing with Planners or getting anything through the planning committee.
Perhaps incentives, to grease the wheels, were not offered! People need to "think out of the box" when dealing with Planners or getting anything through the planning committee. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 10

8:22am Thu 9 Jan 14

angryman!!! says...

We don't need small business, hopefully they knock it down and build a hundred small flags that they can rent out to London councils so they can ship us their unwanted.
We don't need small business, hopefully they knock it down and build a hundred small flags that they can rent out to London councils so they can ship us their unwanted. angryman!!!
  • Score: 0

9:14am Thu 9 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

Bob Russell in drag, another useless MP!
Bob Russell in drag, another useless MP! totallyfootball
  • Score: -1

9:55am Thu 9 Jan 14

crazy comments says...

The council are only interested in the big boys people like Tesco, Sainsbury PC World. They don't let developers build small units up to 1000 sqr feet for small business. It's always been the same for years. These people on the council, their names should be published and named and shamed.
The council are only interested in the big boys people like Tesco, Sainsbury PC World. They don't let developers build small units up to 1000 sqr feet for small business. It's always been the same for years. These people on the council, their names should be published and named and shamed. crazy comments
  • Score: 5

10:27am Thu 9 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

Yeah for all Cameron's new start initiatives its all lip service and as everything else no action!
Yeah for all Cameron's new start initiatives its all lip service and as everything else no action! totallyfootball
  • Score: 4

11:41am Thu 9 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

A sad outcome. Surely something could have been done to avoid this. It's a crazy world we live in.
A sad outcome. Surely something could have been done to avoid this. It's a crazy world we live in. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 5

3:01pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Reginald47 says...

jim_bo wrote:
It traded for 6 years and never caused anyone any issues, so instead of evicting them why didn't CBC offer change of use ? Just because the planning book says one thing, it's just guidance. No common sense in the planning dept.
Because the owner hasn't applied for a change of use.
[quote][p][bold]jim_bo[/bold] wrote: It traded for 6 years and never caused anyone any issues, so instead of evicting them why didn't CBC offer change of use ? Just because the planning book says one thing, it's just guidance. No common sense in the planning dept.[/p][/quote]Because the owner hasn't applied for a change of use. Reginald47
  • Score: 0

4:35pm Thu 9 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

What little snide did the dirty?most people just past it going to barn plants and would certainly not know of any transgression taking place as to planning law.
What little snide did the dirty?most people just past it going to barn plants and would certainly not know of any transgression taking place as to planning law. stevedawson
  • Score: 3

6:17pm Thu 9 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

totallyfootball wrote:
Bob Russell in drag, another useless MP!
That was rather rude and very below the belt.....

There was a similar remark the other week about Ms Patel joining JCB. digging one self into so many holes.

It is very difficult to quantify what the MP stands and exactly what they are doing for Stanway.

The constituency is over 135 Square Miles...In this case the effort was worth it...

However Mr Teflon Pritch**d and his rude and abrasive letters won no favour or his staff.

I was surprised that Councillor McLean allowed this to happen with their own business a stones throw away...

CALLING THE COUNCIL CRASS AND INSENSITIVE IS ONLY THE START....

IT IS ABOUT TIME SOME OF THEM WENT AND WE SHOULD START FROM THE TOP???

YOU HAVE HAD YOUR TIME ITS NOW FURTHER TIME FOR NEW BLOOD...

IE YOURS ON THE CARPET AND A NEW INFUSION IN OUR BOROUGH TEAM...
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: Bob Russell in drag, another useless MP![/p][/quote]That was rather rude and very below the belt..... There was a similar remark the other week about Ms Patel joining JCB. digging one self into so many holes. It is very difficult to quantify what the MP stands and exactly what they are doing for Stanway. The constituency is over 135 Square Miles...In this case the effort was worth it... However Mr Teflon Pritch**d and his rude and abrasive letters won no favour or his staff. I was surprised that Councillor McLean allowed this to happen with their own business a stones throw away... CALLING THE COUNCIL CRASS AND INSENSITIVE IS ONLY THE START.... IT IS ABOUT TIME SOME OF THEM WENT AND WE SHOULD START FROM THE TOP??? YOU HAVE HAD YOUR TIME ITS NOW FURTHER TIME FOR NEW BLOOD... IE YOURS ON THE CARPET AND A NEW INFUSION IN OUR BOROUGH TEAM... A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 4

6:26pm Thu 9 Jan 14

seikothrill says...

angryman!!! wrote:
We don't need small business, hopefully they knock it down and build a hundred small flags that they can rent out to London councils so they can ship us their unwanted.
Why would London council want to rent out hundreds of small flags?
[quote][p][bold]angryman!!![/bold] wrote: We don't need small business, hopefully they knock it down and build a hundred small flags that they can rent out to London councils so they can ship us their unwanted.[/p][/quote]Why would London council want to rent out hundreds of small flags? seikothrill
  • Score: 3

6:51pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Ontheball says...

You people vote these pillocks into office so you get your just rewards. A complete clearout is required. Far too many on the council have a very comfortable life with no chance of being voted off.

I hate the system they run, with the little clique making all the (wrong) decisions rather than the councillors as a whole. These cabinet jobsworths don't seem to answer to anyone.

We have one of the poorest decision making councils in the country by a long way.
You people vote these pillocks into office so you get your just rewards. A complete clearout is required. Far too many on the council have a very comfortable life with no chance of being voted off. I hate the system they run, with the little clique making all the (wrong) decisions rather than the councillors as a whole. These cabinet jobsworths don't seem to answer to anyone. We have one of the poorest decision making councils in the country by a long way. Ontheball
  • Score: 3

7:43pm Thu 9 Jan 14

EengDem says...

Let's look at the facts. Black Barn Crafts only took up residency of the building in early 2012, so have not been there 6 years.
The previous occupant had full PP for the sale of furniture.
Black Barn started to trade & then around 2 months later, found-out that the building did not have the correct PP for the type of business they were running, so they started the PP process off.
As for 40 businesses being forced to close. Each business could rent a space or table for a period of not more than 2 weeks on rotation (assuming that there were more than 2 businesses with the same line to sell), so none of the businesses were anything more than hobbyists.

How do I know this?. Because my spouse approached them in June last year with a view to selling through them and the owner told us all about the planning issue and how the scheme works for sellers.
Let's look at the facts. Black Barn Crafts only took up residency of the building in early 2012, so have not been there 6 years. The previous occupant had full PP for the sale of furniture. Black Barn started to trade & then around 2 months later, found-out that the building did not have the correct PP for the type of business they were running, so they started the PP process off. As for 40 businesses being forced to close. Each business could rent a space or table for a period of not more than 2 weeks on rotation (assuming that there were more than 2 businesses with the same line to sell), so none of the businesses were anything more than hobbyists. How do I know this?. Because my spouse approached them in June last year with a view to selling through them and the owner told us all about the planning issue and how the scheme works for sellers. EengDem
  • Score: 3

11:25pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Boris says...

crazy comments wrote:
The council are only interested in the big boys people like Tesco, Sainsbury PC World. They don't let developers build small units up to 1000 sqr feet for small business. It's always been the same for years. These people on the council, their names should be published and named and shamed.
Their names and contact details are all published on the CBC website, if you care to look.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: The council are only interested in the big boys people like Tesco, Sainsbury PC World. They don't let developers build small units up to 1000 sqr feet for small business. It's always been the same for years. These people on the council, their names should be published and named and shamed.[/p][/quote]Their names and contact details are all published on the CBC website, if you care to look. Boris
  • Score: -3

11:27pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Boris says...

As for Priti, why is she only now getting involved, with her abrasive comments? It's a bit late for that now. She should have been working quietly and politely behind the scenes, months ago, which might have achieved a better outcome.
As for Priti, why is she only now getting involved, with her abrasive comments? It's a bit late for that now. She should have been working quietly and politely behind the scenes, months ago, which might have achieved a better outcome. Boris
  • Score: 1

9:19pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Colossus* says...

Another Colossal C**K up?
Another Colossal C**K up? Colossus*
  • Score: 1

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