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Braintree: Businesswoman devastated at barn ruling
11:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
Forty businesses have four weeks before they are booted out of their premises after a decision by a council “pen pusher”.
Braintree businesswoman Sharon Wells, who is landlady of the Black Barn gift and craft centre in Turkey Cock Lane, Stanway, said she was “devastated” to find herself and her fellow traders in the situation.
It came about because Colchester Council decided the barn’s owners do not have planning permission and an attempt to fight the ruling has failed.
A Colchester Council spokesman said the site had permission for furniture retail use but was being used unlawfully by crafts being sold from there.
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