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Café application for Smithfield site

Created on 06/07/2017 @ 05:39
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An application has been made for a ‘change of use’ to a retail unit on the former Smithfield site to be marketed as a café.

But there are fears that if this is supported, it could provide a huge blow to a town centre already struggling to compete with the major chains that have opened up on the town’s edge.

Developers TJL UK Ltd want to change the status of a unit adjoining the new B&M store from A1 retail shop to A3 hot food and drink, allowing them to market the site to big brands like Costa and Starbucks, as well as fast food chains.

The Town Council Planning and Development Committee will discuss the development at its Town Hall meeting at 7.30pm on July 12, but it didn’t go down well when it was announced online.

Facebook followers voiced their concern with Julie Anthony saying: “The last person to leave Welshpool TOWN please turn off the lights”.

Her sentiments were echoed by residents who believe this could be the final nail in the coffin for the small independent town centre businesses.

Mat Brown added that it was “such a shame that Welshpool is losing its identity”.

But there were voices of support with one openly admitting that she had already turned her back on the town centre and that the new development appealed more to the young.

Meanwhile, Robert Robinson urged the town to make their voices heard.

“Anyone interested in making comments can write to Powys County Council or attend the Town Council meeting when all are welcome,” he said.

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