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NEW CHIPPY: Plans for former Worcester post office approved

NEW CHIPPY: Plans for former Worcester post office approved

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A NEW fish and chip shop will be opening in a former city post office after plans were given the go-ahead by the council.

Plans to convert the former Dines Green Post Office, which closed almost three years ago, into a fish and chip shop have been approved by Worcester City Council.

Dines Green Post Office off Gresham Road in Worcester closed in September 2017 and has been empty ever since.

The Post Office confirmed in October 2018 that it would not be reopening and the plans are the first to be put forward for the empty building in more than two years.

One resident in Gresham Road welcomed the news.

“I think this is a great idea for the Dines Green area,” she said. “The Chinese takeaway does so well on the estate and since I moved to Dines Green from Birmingham I have always said we need a chippy here as it would do so well.

“I am excited for the opportunity to offer jobs to the locals also bringing some positivity to the area and get people back into work.”

The fish and chip shop will open six days a week between 11.45am and 2pm and again between 4.30pm and 9.30pm, according to the plans, and will join Chinese takeaway Good Fortune, tanning salon Tanning Lounge, an Age UK charity shop and a Co-op supermarket.

Fish and chip shop Hooked in Broadway Grove sits just over half a mile away.

Last year, city councillor Richard Udall, who represents St John’s, said he had mixed opinions about the plans and whilst he was disappointed to see the final nail in the coffin for the post office reopening he was glad the empty space would finally be used.

“I’m pleased that the store is finally going to be used for something useful but I think it’s incredibly disappointing and it is a missed opportunity that we’re losing a post office in the second largest social housing estate in Worcester,” he said.

“It had a purpose, it had a customer base and a loyal following, it closed for non-commercial reasons and there was definitely a demand for a post office on the estate so it is sad that is not going to happen and we are going to lose that opportunity.

“Having said that, I don’t see any planning reasons for refusal for a fish and chip shop but I am just more than a little bit sad that we couldn’t have something a little bit more healthy like a fruit and veg shop in Dines Green. Overall, disappointing but I’m glad it is going to be used for something.”

Words: Christian Barnett, Local Democracy Reporter

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