Mystery over opening date for Domino's
by Keri Beckingham
THE future of a planned Domino’s outlet in Westbury-on-Trym looks uncertain after work at the site suddenly stalled.
As reported in the Henleaze & Westbury Voice, Domino’s were granted planning permission back in June 2016 to open a store at the bottom of Westbury Hill, despite mass opposition from locals.
As part of their appeal against the opening of the store, residents created a Facebook page and launched a petition that received over 200 signatures, with comments stating that the store was unneeded and unwanted in the village, that it would threaten local independent businesses and would not be in keeping with the character of the area.
It then took more than a year for work to begin at the site, before signs of refurbishment appeared in November 2017. A Domino’s sign appeared outside of the shop, and large pizza ovens were installed inside.
Work has now come to a halt, with external signage being removed completely.
A spokesman for Domino’s told the Henleaze & Westbury Voice that the opening of the store was something that he was not able to comment on at this time.
Speaking on behalf of the Westbury-on-Trym Society, Alan Aburrow said: “The original planning application was refused by Bristol City Council planners, but unfortunately the Planning Inspector upheld Domino's subsequent appeal against refusal and the application was therefore granted.
“The Society, like many others, was concerned at the totally inappropriate location for the proposed Domino's outlet, being so close to a zebra crossing and other parking restrictions in the shape of double yellow lines. The commercial decision to locate an outlet in Westbury was Domino's choice, albeit that other premises may have offered a better location to accommodate all their delivery vehicles and drive-by customers picking-up their pizzas.”
Georgina Moden-Bishop, an administrator of the Westbury-on-Trym Village Facebook group, said: “I welcome the continued absence of Domino’s from the village. The traffic chaos that is caused on Westbury Hill by delivery drivers to existing businesses is already a problem and if Domino’s did open this would only exacerbate the problem further.
“The move of chains, myriad charity shops and estate agents into the village risks changing its community character forever. More needs to be done to encourage independent businesses to establish through lowering of rents and changes in business tax legislation for start-ups.”