Shop plan sparks row

PUBLISHED: 16:48 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 10 June 2010

A ROW over whether East Budleigh needs a community shop has broken out and is dividing the village. Shop on Wheels owners Jeremy and Alison Woods, of Newton Poppleford, who have been serving the village since 2006, say the planned shop will put them out

A ROW over whether East Budleigh needs a community shop has broken out - and is dividing the village.Shop on Wheels owners Jeremy and Alison Woods, of Newton Poppleford, who have been serving the village since 2006, say the planned shop will put them out of business.District councillor Malcolm Florey said the proposed community shop was a wanted facility and had been planned in great detail before any commitment was made.Shop on Wheels owner Jeremy Woods said: "Two shops will not survive operating next to one another - and this would be unacceptable to both parties. "If we are forced out of East Budleigh, our shop-on-wheels service will become uneconomical and this will leave four other villages without a shop service."Councillor Florey said: "We've had huge support from the village and I'm confident it will be a success."There's nothing stopping the Shop on Wheels coming to East Budleigh. Business is about competition."There will be other villages and districts which might welcome a mobile shop and I would be happy to work with the Woods to get them into other areas and grow their business."East Budleigh has been without a permanent shop since December 2005 when the post office and shop closed because the owners said the village was not using the facilities.Now a village shop committee has formed and gained county council and parish council funding to set up a store in the grounds of the village hall.Cllr Florey said the shop committee had canvassed the village and found 98 per cent of those who replied would welcome a permanent shop.The community shop, manned by volunteers and a salaried manager, would open 8am-7pm, five days a week, 8am-4pm every Saturday and 8am-noon on Sunday.

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