A jeweller says he will close his business this month because Colchester Council has refused to let him use his shutters.OK, he’s in the wrong for putting them up and then applying for planning permission, though just why you should need to have planning permission for an anti-theft device is anyone’s guess…
Hosh Slar plans to shut Hosh jewellery store in Crouch Street after two-and-a-half years of trading and move to London or another town or city in East Anglia.That’s what we call a ‘no brainer’, Colchester Council…
He says the valuable goods displayed in the shopfront mean he needs shutters.
He insists they do not make the surrounding conservation area look rundown.The commenters to the article are a little sceptical that the area is considered a ‘conservation area’ in the first place, and with good reason.
The inspector recognised Mr Slar was the first tenant at the shop since travel agent Thomas Cook had moved out, and had improved its appearance. But he said Crouch Street was a conservation area and described the shutter as an “unsympathetic change”.Would it be better if he painted a nice landscape on it?
Mr Slar said the council had told him alternative shutters may be acceptable, but he said they were not appropriate and would cost a further £3,000.And Colchester Council is quite happy to see businesses either pay over the odds for security fittings, or f**k off, it seems.
It’s really no surprise that they are going downhill rapidly, is it?