‘I’ll lie in the doorway to stop chicken shop’ vows councillor

A Thornton Heath councillor has vowed to lie down in the doorway of a landmark pub to stop any redevelopment of the site into a fried chicken outlet.

Hoardings on the Thomas Farley pub in Thornton Heath went up this week

Karen Jewitt, one of Thornton Heath’s two Labour councillors, was responding to Inside Croydon‘s report earlier this week about the collapse of plans by a trendy pub operator to take over the Thomas Farley on the High Street.

The pub has been empty for more than a year, but Jewitt has denied that there is any truth in rumours in the community that the property owner is about to lease the premises to a fried chicken outlet – something which Thornton Heath already has in abundance.

“I am not sure how many times I can repeat myself on this, but that pub will not be turned into a chicken shop,” Jewitt told Inside Croydon.

“There has been no planning application for it to be used as a fried chicken outlet, and it there were, I and Pat Clouder would oppose it strongly. I thought we’d quashed these rumours a couple of months ago.”

Jewitt’s opposition to such a change in use is strong. “They would need to get over Pat Clouder and myself as we would be lying in the doorway stopping that happening,” Jewitt said.

The councillors have an uphill struggle to maintain Thornton Heath High Street, with its proliferation of bookmakers and chicken shops, as a viable and attractive local centre.

Karen Jewitt: won’t take it lying down

Only this week, Barclays announced that it would be closing a branch of its bank on Brigstock Road, leaving Thornton Heath without any banks serving residents or small businesses. Santander also recently announced it was pulling out of the area.

With a growing use of online facilities, many major banks are closing their high street branches to cut costs, though the companies do appear to be selective about the areas in which they choose to continue to trade: just up the road, in Norbury, there continues to be a choice of bank branches.

Jewitt is hopeful that Thornton Heath’s branch of the Post Office, a counter in a convenience store. will be able to take on many of the services, and customers, who previously banked on the high street, to provide convenient facilities for the residents, small businesses and retailers in the area.

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1 Response to ‘I’ll lie in the doorway to stop chicken shop’ vows councillor

  1. Lewis White says:

    Good on that councillor……… I wish her principled stand success, in this artery-hardened era where the slaughter of inhumanely- intensively raised chickens must amount to half a million a day, in just the UK alone

    To see schoolchildren piling into the KFC and any number of chicken shacks/cottages/etc etc at lunchtimes and after school, to get their battered sausage and chips, or grease-saturated chicken nugget, is a truly sad, worrying, anger and concern inducing experience.

    Not a shred of greenery in sight, in most of these places, and invariably, if a bit of salad comes free, it is discarded. I’ve heard adults say “I don’t want any of that green rubbish!”. I look at the person, and most of them are grey.

    Will all these young people be dropping down dead by the time they are 30?. sadly, many will. Or get heart disease.

    Just how as a nation, if such we are, we can divert young people away from these takeaways, into more wholesome food, it will take an army of grass roots Jamie Olivers to achieve. Maybe a fat and sugar tax too.

    There is however, some hope.

    A few years back, the 5 a day initiative did get children into the fruit eating habit. I base this assertion on personal observation of a grand opening of a playground I had designed. I asked the caterer to ensure that the food was all healthy stuff– it was to be a nugget free zone— and should include RIPE fruit (not a few rock hard green apples). She provided ripe melon, bananas and other nice things. Our hope was rewarded, as the children (under 10’s) kept coming back for more of the fruit !!

    When ever I am in a Caribbean takeaway, when a young person comes in and orders something with vegetables and good meat or fish and rice I want to say to them “Well done– Thanks!”. I go away with hope in my heart, and know that the future is not all culinary and dietary despair.

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