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Traders' petition to save their site
A PETITION has been launched in a bid to allow forty business to remain at their premises.
Traders at the Black Barn gift and craft centre in Turkey Cock Lane, Stanway, were told a fortnight ago they had four weeks before they are booted out.
Colchester Council decided the barn’s owners do not have planning permission and an attempt to fight the ruling has failed.
Sharon Wells, of Hay Lane South, Braintree, has her own gift shop, Enchanted Kingdom, at the barn, and 39 other small businesses rent out spaces there from her there.
The decision means at least 40 jobs face the axe too.
Mrs Wells has launched the petition hoping to convince the council to change its mind.
She said: “We were talking to customers about it who had seen it in the paper and were asking if we had a petition so it seemed like a good idea.”
The council said the site had permission for furniture retail use, but was being used unlawfully by crafts being sold from there.
But Mrs Wells, 52, added: “I am not giving up.”
Since its launch the petition has gathered around 150 signatures.
It is available at the barn and online at www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/colchester-borough-council-keep-black-barn-open
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