An Odious Plan
Fish and Chips in
Springfield Road/Elm Road!
Local residents are furious about a plan
by a local pub, The Alma in Springfield Road, to build a Fish
and Chip shop on the garden area behind the pub. Public relations
are not what they were it seems, and it should have been obvious
to the conglomerate that owns The Alma, The Punch Pub Co, [www.punchpubs.co.uk]
that their bread and butter, the locals that live nearby, are
not going to be happy at the plan.
The problems that immediately spring to mind
are of the constant smell of frying, unruly behaviour adjacent
to the shop, the increased traffic and limited parking, the litter
- discarded wrappers and unfinished chips - that inevitably will
result throughout the area, and the substantial and unsightly,
industrial strength stainless steel chimney that will be needed
to distribute the smells over a wider area. These are all sound
reasons for the local residents' dismay at the possibility of
planning permission being granted. We find it hard to believe
that such permission will be granted at the end of the day as
the plans contravene several local planning provisions for a
residential area and so we wonder why the Punch Pub Co even contemplated
The truth is that these major companies have
eyes only for profit and care nought for the effects that their
plans have. The days of the friendly local are now long gone,
and in its place we have the hard nosed business men whose only
aim in life is to make more profit than last year! There are
a variety of articles on The Camra Web Site [http://www.camra.co.uk/]
relating the demise of the traditional English pub, the loss
of small brewers such as Brakspeare's and the constant increases
in beer prices which bear no relation to the cost of brewing
or taxation. Camra relate how the small independent brewers are
forced by 'the majors' to supply beer at ever lower prices, while
increasing the cost to the customer. That is why the small breweries
are going out of business.
So The Punch Pub Co want to further increase
their revenue by selling fish and chips too. Sorry, it's not
on, it is an odious plan and will be vigorously opposed.
A meeting was held at Kipling Court, York
Road, Windsor. April 14th 2003, at 6.30pm, to consider the matter.
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