Chip shop bids to open restaurant

The land off Camelgate where Jack's Fish Bar wants a restaurant.
The land off Camelgate where Jack's Fish Bar wants a restaurant.
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A BUSY fish and chip shop is aiming to open up a restaurant at the edge of Spalding, creating 15 jobs.

The family behind Jack’s Fish Bar, in Holbeach Road, has eyed up land between Fulney Hall and Trawford’s dentists near Springfields for a restaurant as part of plans to expand.

The family says the new building will cater for growing customer demand.

Owner Tirath Tott said: “We have been nominated as one of the eastern region’s top five fish and chip shops for two years running, and we know that we need to invest to be the best. We have just run out of space.”

The plan would be to keep the current shop, which is too small for seating, open for “walk-in trade” and build a new T-shaped barn on the land off Camelgate, with 68m2 of restaurant space and a 20-space car park.

The building would be 30m away from Fulney Hall and close to the Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens and has drawn objections from NFU Mutual, which is across the road from the site, and the Spring Fields Tavern.

A letter from the pub states: “The coach loads of visitors that visit Springfields would drive straight past the new Jack’s Fish Bar seeing advertisements offering fish and chip deals leading them away from the shopping outlet.

“This could affect our lunchtime trade to great extent.

“When we are full up during busy times we offer our customers the opportunity to get a drink while they wait for a table.

“But if Jack’s Fish Bar were to open, customers could prefer to go to eat there instead of waiting resulting in further loss of trade.”

Jack’s has hit back at the criticism and says its restaurant would add “greater diversity and attractiveness” to Springfields.

The council has apologised to Trawford’s after not consulting them directly about the plans which is close to their dental practice.

A letter from Jenny Trawford asked for assurances that the restaurant will not cause an issue with odour pollution.

South Holland District Council is due to make a decision on the plans, drawn up by Matrix Planning and Remway Design, by April 14.