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Has fish shop had its chips?

A WHALEY Thorns and Langwith councillor fears the village s unique community-run fish shop may have had its chips.

A WHALEY Thorns and Langwith councillor fears the village s unique community-run fish shop may have had its chips.

The Village Chippy in Whaley Thorns, which is owned and run by the Whaley Thorns and Langwith Village Company, closed last week to make way for new housing.

The Village Company said it hopes the chip shop will reopen in a new retail unit within six months but this week bosses admitted they do not yet have the 200,000 needed to build it.

Village company director Ian Sharpe said: "The Village Company Board were very aware of the needs of the community and of those who work in the chip shop in our discussions on this and we are working flat out to ensure that a new and better chip shop is opened as quickly as is possible."

But furious parish councillor Pam Smith claimed this was yet another of the "false hopes" created by the company over the past year.

"They should not be making promises if they have not go the money to fulfil it," she told Chad.

"This is the first time we ve been without a fish shop in Langwith for over 120 years.

"I won t come back. But if they do get a new fish shop up and running in six months, I will take my hat off to them."

District councillor Steve Fritchley said he was disappointed at the closure and the loss of two jobs but urged villagers not to sit back and wait for chippy to reappear, but to exploit the new gap in the market.

"If we have got an entrepreneur out there and if the business is profitable it should continue in some form or other. And if there is a demand out there it should be met," he said.

"Let s try and encourage those entrepreneurial skills. They are there. They re just waiting to be unfettered."

 
 
 

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