500 sign petition to save much-loved town chippy

Staff and customers of a popular Newmarket fish and chip shop are battling to save it from closure.

Tasty Foods in the town’s Elizabeth Parade, which employs 12 full and part -time staff, is under threat from the proposed redevelopment of the neighbouring Co-operative store which is seeking planning permission to expand.

Trevor Cook , the shop’s manager , has collected 500 signatures on a petition, which local councillor Michael Jeffreys will be presenting to planning authority, Forest Heath District Council.

At a meeting of the town council on Monday, Cllr Jeffreys got the backing of councillors to urge planners to have the application discussed by the district’s planning authority.

“When the matter came before us, we raised no objections because we simply did not realise what the implications would be for this very successful local business,” he said.

“I would like the town council to support the shop in its endeavours to stay open.”

Mr Cook said as far as he was aware the Co-op wanted to use the unit currently occupied by the shop for offices. “We would ask them to consider the benefits to the local community of closing the fish and chip shop and replacing it with offices,” he said.

“The current Co-op and our shop complement each other as people who use the chip shop also use the Co-op for other for other goods, perhaps if we’re not here they will go elsewhere having an even more detrimental effect.”

No-one from the Co-op was available for comment.