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Red Tape Forces 100-Year Fishmonger Business Out

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - The refusal to seek planning permission for a mobile sales outlet is forcing the closure of a 104-year-old fish business in arlow, Buckinghamshire

Mike Robson, owner of Phil Bowditch fishmongers, wants to run his business from a burger-style trailer when his High Street shop closes early next month.

According to the Harrow Times, Mr Robson does not want to go through "red tape" to get planning permission for the new service, which will be sited in Dean Street car park.

The 43-year-old - who is leaving because the shop has been bought by developers - first thought he didn't need planning permission. But Wycombe District Council said such services "usually" needed permission.

Mr Robson - who is to move the shop to Emmetts Farm Shop in Marlow Road, Little Marlow - said: "I am just fed up with red tape. It has got wheels, it is not a fixed building. "All I want to do is roll up, sell some fish and then drive away at night," he added.

He says loyal customers would still go to the new shop in Little Marlow, but claimed he would lose passing trade.

I think it's really sad. I've been in Marlow for a long, long time. A lot of my customers are walk in customers, which I would lose now I can't have the trailer," said Mr Robson

Joanne Masse, communications officer for the council, said that selling food from a van parked in a fixed location needs - by law - a street traders consent and, usually, planning permission.

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Ellen Hardy

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