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Sandwich chain will ‘ruin’ town’s charm says mayor

Paul Morgans, mayor of Bakewell and joint organiser of the Bakewell Baking Festival

Paul Morgans, mayor of Bakewell and joint organiser of the Bakewell Baking Festival

Bakewell’s mayor believes a fast food chain could ruin the character of a market town if it goes ahead with plans to move there.

Paul Morgans is concerned the charm of Bakewell could be lost if it becomes home to another national chain.

“It will totally kill the character of the town,” he said. “When people come to the Peak District they’re looking for something else.”

Paul said the Subway’s signage was inappropriate for the national park.

“We have to respect the conservations area,” he added. “At the end of the day we are all passing though and we are just custodians of the town.

“Bakewell has been here for hundreds and hundreds of years and we have got to look after it.”

Paul argued that the town needs more individual shops in order to attract tourists and trade.

Subway did not provide comment on the progress of its plans to move into Bakewell.

n This Saturday a new emporium is opening offering traders from the area a chance to market their goods.

JJ Joseph’s Emporium, in Anchor Square, will give micro businesses a chance to sell their goods for a minimal monthly rent. Items for sale there will include ceramics, soap, candles and art.

 

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