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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Controversial former Little Chef on major route from Norfolk to Cambridgeshire could revert back to restaurant.
An adult shop in the Fens that caused the resignation of a councillor when it was given planning approval has closed.
Maxey and Grounds of Wisbech are advertising the two storey former Little Chef restaurant at Guyhirn for use as a shop or possible conversion back to a restaurant. It had been trading as Kiss Kiss Lingerie - an adult only store.
Grounds and Maxey partner John Maxey said his firm had been instructed by the owner Tony Ibrahim to find a tenant.
The 240sqm unit is being offered on a negotiable lease for £15,000 a year.
Four years ago district councillor Phil Wait resigned his seat on Fenland District Council following planning approval.
Robert Scrimshaw, a local farmer, won the seat in a by election, arguing at the time that it was not for councils to make moral judgements.
“They can only act within the law,” he said at the time. “I can fully appreciate the concerns local residents have about the Guyhirn adult shop but I also realise in today’s economic climate encouragement should be given to a new business venture in a building which had been unoccupied for some time and was beginning to look quite shabby.”
Mr Ibrahim could not be contacted for comment.