Dominos takeaway would ‘ruin’ Westbourne

Bournemouth Echo: Seamoor Road in Westbourne, where traders are up in arms over plans to turn Mystique into a Dominos pizza shop Seamoor Road in Westbourne, where traders are up in arms over plans to turn Mystique into a Dominos pizza shop

TRADERS are fighting to stop Dominos Pizza ‘ruining’ the atmosphere of Westbourne’s independent boutiques.

The fast food chain is considering moving into Seamoor Road when lingerie shop Mystique closes.

A landlord has applied for planning permission to change the unit into a takeaway.

Naomi Chown, 21, owner of nearby Polished nail salon and boutique, pictured inset, said: “I definitely do not want one. That would really, to me, ruin Westbourne’s feeling. I was in Winton next to a Dominos and I wouldn’t go back.”

Natalie Andrew, 36, owner of Beautiful bridal boutique, said: “Dominos is a big chain and Westbourne is known for smaller independents.

“It’s going to stop footfall and people will double park outside. And whenever the multiples come in our rates go up.”

Another trader said: “It’s not like a Prezzo, which is a bit nicer. It’s going to bring down the type of people.”

Westbourne Traders Association has objected to the planning application.

It said a takeaway would not help preserve the character of the area and the loss of shop units would reduce footfall.

The planning application says the scheme would keep the building’s features ‘where possible’.

And it said the development was in keeping with the ‘commercial aspect of the site’.

However, Ian Moors of Moors Brothers engravers wrote an objection, which said: “Westbourne certainly doesn’t need another food type business.

“Changing the features can only be another nail in the coffin of our village atmosphere.”

A spokesman for Domino’s Pizza confirmed: “We have been in touch with a prospective landlord in Westbourne regarding the possibility of a new store.”

Westbourne councillor John Beesley said he would look into the application.

He noted 70 per cent of Westbourne’s units are A1 (shop) use and there are ‘virtually no’ properties with A5 (hot takeaway) use.

The properties either side of Mystique are a barbers, a mini-market, an off-licence, a charity shop, a sandwich bar and a launderette.

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2:01pm Mon 21 May 12

lisa401 says...

Domino's 'Pizzas' are vile and should be made illegal - total junk. I hope they're not allowed to spoil Westbourne.
Domino's 'Pizzas' are vile and should be made illegal - total junk. I hope they're not allowed to spoil Westbourne. lisa401
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2:15pm Mon 21 May 12

Avengerboy says...

Charity shops are fine though?
Charity shops are fine though? Avengerboy
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2:22pm Mon 21 May 12

Derf says...

“Dominos is a big chain and Westbourne is known for smaller independents."

...unlike say Tesco's, Gregs, Iceland or Greene King pubs.

"people will double park outside."

..unlike they do outside Chez Freds on the zig-zags, or in the bus stop outside the bingo hall when all the old dears turn out.

Total hypocritical snobbery if you ask me.
“Dominos is a big chain and Westbourne is known for smaller independents." ...unlike say Tesco's, Gregs, Iceland or Greene King pubs. "people will double park outside." ..unlike they do outside Chez Freds on the zig-zags, or in the bus stop outside the bingo hall when all the old dears turn out. Total hypocritical snobbery if you ask me. Derf
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3:22pm Mon 21 May 12

eyeinthesky says...

There's enough carnage in Seamoor Road with Chez Fred being as popular as it is. There are 3 restaurants, two pubs Cafe Rouge and Pizza Express in that section of the one way system as well. I think there's enough already.
There's enough carnage in Seamoor Road with Chez Fred being as popular as it is. There are 3 restaurants, two pubs Cafe Rouge and Pizza Express in that section of the one way system as well. I think there's enough already. eyeinthesky
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3:50pm Mon 21 May 12

Cmdr Kryll says...

Derf wrote:
“Dominos is a big chain and Westbourne is known for smaller independents."

...unlike say Tesco's, Gregs, Iceland or Greene King pubs.

"people will double park outside."

..unlike they do outside Chez Freds on the zig-zags, or in the bus stop outside the bingo hall when all the old dears turn out.

Total hypocritical snobbery if you ask me.
Totally agree, so a Subway is fine, but pizza! Anything is better than an empty shopfront
[quote][p][bold]Derf[/bold] wrote: “Dominos is a big chain and Westbourne is known for smaller independents." ...unlike say Tesco's, Gregs, Iceland or Greene King pubs. "people will double park outside." ..unlike they do outside Chez Freds on the zig-zags, or in the bus stop outside the bingo hall when all the old dears turn out. Total hypocritical snobbery if you ask me.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, so a Subway is fine, but pizza! Anything is better than an empty shopfront Cmdr Kryll
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3:53pm Mon 21 May 12

nonnisrevenge says...

How dare they open a 'dominos' pizza oulet in the exclusive residence of westbourne and bring all sorts of horrible 'poor' people & ruffians to the area; we should organise a shooting party to take care of those peasants; much like one of my very successful otter hunts; oh i do enjoy a good otter hunt in the morning don't you???

I mean domino's would attract the kind of pizza lover with a disposable income seeing that they are quite expensive and that.......oh...hang on?!
How dare they open a 'dominos' pizza oulet in the exclusive residence of westbourne and bring all sorts of horrible 'poor' people & ruffians to the area; we should organise a shooting party to take care of those peasants; much like one of my very successful otter hunts; oh i do enjoy a good otter hunt in the morning don't you??? I mean domino's would attract the kind of pizza lover with a disposable income seeing that they are quite expensive and that.......oh...hang on?! nonnisrevenge
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4:02pm Mon 21 May 12

BmthNewshound says...

Pure snobbery, Westbourne traders really do have a very high opinion of themselves. The reality is empty shops and a handful of "lifestyle" businesses, its only M&S, Tesco Express, charity shops and coffee shops that keep Westbourne going.
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The Westbourne mafia would rather see Westbourne decline than accept change. The arcade looks increasingly like Steptoes yard with shops selling over priced tat blocking the walkway.
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Pure snobbery, Westbourne traders really do have a very high opinion of themselves. The reality is empty shops and a handful of "lifestyle" businesses, its only M&S, Tesco Express, charity shops and coffee shops that keep Westbourne going. . The Westbourne mafia would rather see Westbourne decline than accept change. The arcade looks increasingly like Steptoes yard with shops selling over priced tat blocking the walkway. . BmthNewshound
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5:22pm Mon 21 May 12

djkent says...

too many big chains ruin a area look at boscombe charminster been ruined by big chains
too many big chains ruin a area look at boscombe charminster been ruined by big chains djkent
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6:28pm Mon 21 May 12

Chiqqy says...

They have Starbucks and Subway, Greggs...and a Tesco. Westbourne makes me laugh, they all think they're royalty or something....

The only reason Westbourne is EVER busy is when Liverpool Victoria have their lunch break, it would be a ghost town if it wasn't for that.
They have Starbucks and Subway, Greggs...and a Tesco. Westbourne makes me laugh, they all think they're royalty or something.... The only reason Westbourne is EVER busy is when Liverpool Victoria have their lunch break, it would be a ghost town if it wasn't for that. Chiqqy
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10:34pm Mon 21 May 12

PokesdownMark says...

There are a few empty shops already. I don't think Westbourne can be too fussy. It is very special but there are plenty of premises which already hardly fit the "just so" image - betting shops, charity shops, one somewhat downmarket pub, a couple of health food shops with their dubious goods and two shops selling out and out sorcery and magic! I do not think dominoes will change the eclectic mix too much.
There are a few empty shops already. I don't think Westbourne can be too fussy. It is very special but there are plenty of premises which already hardly fit the "just so" image - betting shops, charity shops, one somewhat downmarket pub, a couple of health food shops with their dubious goods and two shops selling out and out sorcery and magic! I do not think dominoes will change the eclectic mix too much. PokesdownMark
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2:19pm Tue 22 May 12

HRH of Boscombe says...

Hehehe it's not exactly Kensington or Knightsbridge.
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I love Bmth to bits but where did all the pretentiousness come from?
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When I tell friends at work about Bournemouth they all still think it's a wheelchair retirement town.
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This pretentious attitude in certain cliques is actually quite embarrassing. Almost as cheesy as Elliots 'Firm' boasts.
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Get over yourself Westbourne traders. Westbourne residents should welcome the new business.
Hehehe it's not exactly Kensington or Knightsbridge. . I love Bmth to bits but where did all the pretentiousness come from? . When I tell friends at work about Bournemouth they all still think it's a wheelchair retirement town. . This pretentious attitude in certain cliques is actually quite embarrassing. Almost as cheesy as Elliots 'Firm' boasts. . Get over yourself Westbourne traders. Westbourne residents should welcome the new business. HRH of Boscombe
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