Closure looms for Bath takeaway
A family whose business is facing closure to make way for a supermarket extension fear they may have to admit defeat.
Alan Liu, 62, who has run the Golden Bowl in Weston High Street for 28 years, said despite support from local people, the takeaway would probably close in the face of expansion by Tesco.
He said: "I am really doubtful because they are the big company, they know what to do. We are only the small business. We can't afford to pursue a court case."
Mr Liu, who runs the business with his 58-year-old wife Jenny, was handed an eviction notice last month, as his landlords pave the way for a Tesco extension.
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Developer Bath Weston One has submitted an application to Bath and North East Somerset Council to double the size of the existing Tesco Express store, build six new two-bedroom flats and reduce the number of parking spaces.
A Facebook campaign page called Stop Tesco from Closing Down the Golden Bowl in Weston has attracted 658 likes and an online petition against the application has gained more than 300 signatures.
The petition claims an enlarged Tesco would increase traffic through Weston, lead to the closure or relocation of two local businesses and have a negative impact on others. It also says a reduction in the size of the Tesco car park could cause parking problems.
Mr Liu, pictured, said he and his wife could not afford to re-establish the business in another location because of the cost of installing equipment and getting the necessary licences, and believes he will have to claim benefits for the first time before he can retire.
He said: "I've been here over 46 years and I've never been to the Jobcentre, and now I have to go in and ask for help. I have never claimed benefits or had a handout from the state."
Councillor Colin Barrett (Con, Weston), who will speak against the application when it is discussed by the council, said: "There isn't much we can do about the shops being taken over for Tesco because they don't need planning permission. Our main concern is the doing away with parking spaces and building six apartments in the car park."
Richard Macarthur of the building owner's asset managers Macarthur Wilson said: "We believe that the proposals will have a positive effect on the local community, and enhance the offer of the High Street."