Pasty seats cause concern for Bury St Edmunds jeweller

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West Cornwall Pasty Company was granted a renewal of a street vending permit, originally given in 2010, for two tables and four chairs by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s licensing sub committee on Tuesday.

However Trevor Salt, managing director of Thurlow Champness Jewellers objected to the application.

“People sitting outside premises are in an ideal position to observe our shop watching us and this can assist them in planning to rob us. “Unfortunately despite my objections on these grounds we have had two serious raids since the introduction of seating in the vicinity of our shop, “ Mr Salt said.

“Secondly it seems that the council really do not care about the quality and image of Abbeygate Street, and having people chomping on not particularly nice smelling pasties is not helping in selling prestige brands and goods.

“If the street continues to deteriorate or become more focused on food outlets the best retailers will move out and the street will be changed for ever.”

He also said the tables forced people to step into the street away from the shop window, and that this effects sales.

Meanwhile Greggs has applied to put four tables and 10 chairs outside its neighbouring shop.