Debate on takeaway proposal critiqued by independent

The free market should determine what businesses set up in commercial areas, not local governments. The council should not have been in a position to decide one way or the other about a proposed takeaway on the site of an existing cake shop.

…the issue of parking has crept into the situation; incidentally, this issue was not given a mention two weeks ago.

Christopher J. Wilkinson

Environmental health concerns were given as the original reasons for dismissal. I see that the issue of parking has crept into the situation; incidentally, this issue was not given a mention two weeks ago. The antisocial behaviour of those in the area is also not a valid reason for the rejection of the proposal as both cake shops and takeaways typically don’t incite much in the way of semi-violent public resentment. Noise pollution is a fact of life and any additional contribution to an already existing problem would be negligible.

…odour and rubbish are legitimate concerns of the council – not least because it’s the council’s legitimate responsibility to deal with them.

Christopher J. Wilkinson

Incidentally, odour and rubbish are legitimate concerns of the council – not least because it’s the council’s legitimate responsibility to deal with them. As with my local area which has had waste mounting up for weeks without being taken away, I doubt the Lichfield District Council cares much for protecting the environment in any case; it’s been tearing through green spaces to build unnecessary excess houses, ploughed ahead with the environmentally damaging Lichfield Masterplan and has taken no action whatsoever against HS2 construction through ancient woodlands.

In a time of jobs scarcity, this should be considered a welcome move.

Christopher J. Wilkinson

Bureaucrats and councillors alike can debate every point about every issue into insignificance, but they often fail to consider the broader effects of their decisions. A takeaway would bring in custom from local residents and commuters, helping to provide stable employment for workers and generating incomes for families. In a time of jobs scarcity, this should be considered a welcome move. If the people demand it, a business should supply it – that’s why free markets work to the interests of customers, not councils.

https://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2020/12/15/councillors-reject-plan-for-shop-unit-in-lichfield-to-be-converted-into-new-takeaway/

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