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Butcher's 'ghost town' warning over Newbury town centre traffic ban

"What the town centre businesses need now, more than ever, is help"

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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Butcher's 'ghost town' warning over town centre traffic ban

A NEWBURY butcher has criticised West Berkshire Council’s decision to temporarily ban all traffic from the town centre.

Sam Vine, from Griffins Butchers on Bridge Street, said that he had concerns over what impact the move might have on the family-run business, which has served the Newbury community for more than 50 years.

He said: “When we have a delivery, usually the driver is able to park on the bridge right outside and we get on board to give them a hand unloading, as it’s really heavy.

“Sometimes you are talking 600 to 700 kilos of meat.

“If they can’t access the building, the nearest place they might be able to park is around the back of Mr Moo Juice, which would mean we’d have to lug all that meat across the road by hand.”

He added: “We haven’t heard anything from the council yet and the closure is due next week, so that’s a bit of a concern.

“As soon as they close Northbrook Street it is going to close off the town.

“In my view closing it off at a time the high street has been so badly hit is going to make businesses struggle even more.

“What the town centre businesses need now, more than ever, is help – otherwise Newbury will become a ghost town.”

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  • CommonHungerforder

    03/06/2020 - 03:18

    We need more rising bollards in surprising places, but not in the roads! Just enough to keep NWN stories up. Maybe a few snipers for those walking in what was the road, and charity Chugger's banned on what was the road. But you have to allow businesses to operate. I'm a vegetarian, but you really NEED Griffins, just like you REALLY need Wendy at the Empire Cafe. Or on balance, get the new flag pole and ermin for NTC. Or get rid of the busy-bodies and allow businesses to operate as they probably have a clue - it's their livelihood and not just, look at me in this 'wide' gown for a year, when I even look like Jack than he did! As wide as I am tall, she said. Cast this in Bronze. Some will need help, so help each other, but not the council(s) deciding, from home, when they get paid by us, and have never ran a business, yet have a pension and all things nice. Good luck Sam. I'd ask for a cheeky cheese and onion pasty, but Wendy does a delicious version. Best eaten on a train.


  • brunin the bear

    01/06/2020 - 15:43

    Leave things as they are please!


  • NewburyResident

    01/06/2020 - 09:05

    Sorry Sam WBC and NTC don't really care about businesses. As long as they get our money and their vision, however short-sighted it is they are happy.