Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Domino Effect


I have heard a rumour that on the grape vine, according to a little bird, the old Debra charity shop might be about to become a... *looks around nervously and takes a deep breath before whispering* ...Dominos Pizza shop.

Planning permission was granted by Sutton Council on the 12th March  for:
"Change of use of premises for purposes falling within Use Class A5 (Hot Food Takeaway) erection of a single storey rear extension following removal of existing store installation of extract duct, a/c units and air compressor at rear and new shopfront."
However it seems nowhere in the public planning application did it specify Dominos (you can have a look yourself here) so perhaps they had wanted to keep it quiet. It's a good thing the eyes and ears of Worcester Park are open...

Whether or not we want to see another take away/delivery food shop in Central Road is a point I will leave for discussion.

Remember though, you heard it here first folks...

Update (4th April)

And there we have it... Planning application No A2014/69192 is for the "Display of internally illuminated fascia and projecting box sign" being applied for by Domino's Pizza UK & Ireland Ltd.


21 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Matt said...

Hi - does anyone know what the unit that was formerly the flower shop by the station is going to be? Also, I heard a rumour that the former furniture shop is going to be a toddlers play - can anyone confirm that?


While I'm asking, anyone know somebody with a lot more nerve than me who would like to open a nice independent coffee and cake shop? I think it would do VERY well (although I'm not putting my money where my mouth is)

guest said...

take a look at planning application A2013/68487 for 63-65 Central Road. Change of use from A1 (Shops) to D2 (Assembly and Leisure) and A3 (Restaurant and Cafes) mixed use.

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

Independent shops is the way to go for a successful high street.

Jeff said...

Pizza take-away is a licence to print money. The ingredients are all dirt cheap, that's why everybody wants to sell you a pizza and you get 24 menus through the door each week.. The base is flour and water (cheap). The 'cheese' is cheap cheese mixed with flour (cheap). The pepperami etc is sliced wafer thin to look good but has no substance. A few grams of pineapple, jalepeno or sliced olives cost hardly anything. And a smear of tomato paste is a fraction of a penny. But you are charged anything up to £12 for a pizza. Yes, there are a few pizza shops that take a pride in using good quantities of quality ingredients. But they're very much a minority. I say: most take-away pizza is a take-on.

Howard said...

I thoroughly agree Jeff.

guest said...

Ah, but you forgot to cost the 5 mins at minimum wage it takes to make the pizza and the delivery time of the kid driving on business with L plates. That must add 50p :-)

Matt said...

Hi Stewart - I agree with you. So how do you propose to make it attractive for independent shops to open on the high street. Why can't the council but a business plan together to show the demographics of the area, the profile of the people, do research to find out what people want. Why can't we advertise for businesses to come to the area and show that there is a market to try and alleviate some of the 'unknown'. Maybe offer a small amount of money to help with decorating or shop signage etc. We have the big flags advertising Waitrose, why not advertise for new businesses? Think of ourselves as a business enterprise zone.

Guest said...

Yep, far too expensive. It's obvious to anyone how large the profit margins are in local retail, by the distinct lack of charity shops and empty units in the high street.

[Rather than visiting the high street, have a look on Google Maps, as it will save wasting precious time and energy].

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

Hi Matt,


Firstly, the council need to sort Victoria House the Place is an eyesore and does does encourage inward investment. The Liberal council has been asking for too much Section 106 Money and the deals keep falling through.


Secondly, we need to sort the traffic situation. I believe the liberal war on the motorist is the only thing stopping this actually being done. I have been negotiating with Sutton Conservatives and can probably now say ...that as an election pledge for 2014 the conservatives will offer a wholesale cross border review of the traffic situation. Myself and the other WP team members Simon and Gino are actually meeting with our counterparts shortly to open dialogue shortly.


Also: I intend to expand the farmers market to include "turn up and trade" stalls for local entrepreneurs to sell their wares they pay for a days stall rent and a days business insurance an sell whatever it is they make. from experience this could: include food stalls, clothing, jewellery, cakes, bread, coffee,..etc.. if successful these could eventually on to expand into some of the empty high streets. The idea works well in London. I sit comfortably that local people are getting the opportunity to show their diverse skills and learn to turn a profit and improve the towns economy and outlook while they doing it. Lets trade!!!


I also agree that a conservative council needs to design a package for new businesses coming into the borough that is attractive (we have to at least match Croydon's offer) and then go to trade shows and advertise this from roof tops if we have too.

Matt said...

Thanks for replying quickly. It's good to have a chat about these things with you. The farmers market with 'turn up and sell' sounds like a good idea. My one point though would be that the markets that have been put on have always been quite small. It feels a bit like it's not operating at 100% - like they are not fully committed. If you are going to run a market then make it a big one and put everything into it - show us locals that you mean it. It won't be a success if everyone isn't committed and has felt a bit like someone sticking a few stalls on a street to say they have a market (tick a box or write something in a manefesto about it...) rather than actually having a proper useful and interesting one. A large market with lots to see will get footfall on the high street and help existing shops. I have to say that whilst I agree Victoria House is an eyesore, I don't see how this is effecting independent people opening up shops in Worcester Park. It's miles away and seems a bit of an excuse. That shouldn't stop your efforts on attracting new businesses. Also, the traffic is a problem - obviously. But we are talking about a local highstreet so in theory many people can walk there. It is about having something good to walk to the high street for. Shopping Malls do it all the time. They have 1 or 2 'anchor' shops to get people visiting, and then fill the rest of the shops in. This is very simplified but it's to illustrate a point. Can we not open Worcester Park up as an independent business zone etc?

Harry said...

Great, ee need a dominos local. Morden is just too far.

Harry said...

Dominos american hot.....lovely jubbly

Guest said...

With extra jalapeƱos...

guest D said...

Stewart, I agree with you the biggest issues for a new independent trader are the high start up costs and then high running costs, which as they lack the buying power of the multiples are swingeing.

A low cost entry like a Farmer's Market, as you suggest, is a good idea, but I have to concur with Matt that it does need momentum, you need to get it over a certain size in order to acheive the desired footfall.

Again like Matt I agree that rush hour traffic being at the system's capacity is an issue, but not in terms of shopping, most shopping occurs in the hours outside of the rush hour so there is little impact.

I also don't see how the fact that the roads can't take any more traffic can be construed as a Lib Dem war on the motorist. A local council doesn't have the power to do that, except indirectly as the Fulham Council have done by targetting parking and minor traffic offences as a major source of revenue.

Gino said...

Zzzz Not long now until W.P becomes known as takeaway town.
I hope that the library never falls to a takeaway drive through.

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

A local council can
campaign / lobby, put plans to their MP, The Mayor, TFL highlight an issue and work
with other councils in order to get an issue sorted. This has not happened in this borough and
liberal inaction is holding back the local economy. If you had to queue for an
hour in Central Road and you were coming to buy a house or open a shop you
might just turn around and spend your money elsewhere… Hopefully when our 2014 manifesto
is published my whole sale traffic review will be on there. Negotiated by me and the WP team. It will be
Independent consultation and at the end of it we will hopefully have real
choices on how we move forward..

Another proposal said...

We received the exact same ambiguous application for Lotus House. I assume the landlord cannot sell his properties now that they are in the middle of a distribution centre, as the one-way system means every vehicle in the car park must pass the flats at anytime of day. Now Lotus House is also in-part proposing to change into a business that will increase vehicle flow on to Windsor Road, where servicing will no doubt keep residents awake like Waitrose/Iceland/Greggs/Pizza Express/Papa Js are now allowed to do. Apparently it's OK (Sutton Council's response) for delivery lorries to use Windsor Road at midnight or 5am etc etc. This is the now respect the Council has for residents.

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

This is a wholly unacceptable situation one which I will be bringing up in this weeks local committee. Attached is the report that the liberals commissioned and released themselves proving that this HGVs are unloading and driving down residential streets at anti social times. Unacceptable

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

This is a wholly unacceptable situation one which has been created by creating the Stone Place one way system. Residents of Windsor Road not only now have to put up with 600 cars an hour !! they are being woken up at 5AM by noisy HGVs. I will be bringing up in this weeks local committee. Attached is the report that the liberals commissioned and the OLF Board used to keep the one way system.

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

Continued...

guest D said...

So you think it is a good idea to spend a chunk of our hard earned money to be told that it is a capacity issue and the solutions that will increase the absolute capacity are infeasible due to cost.

Sounds like if you get elected we look forward to an increase in the waste of our money.

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