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Holywell pub plans ‘could kick-start town economy’

PLANS to turn Holywell’s former Woolworths store into a pub have been approved – despite opposition from the town’s traders.

The JD Wetherspoon application was passed by Flintshire County Council’s planning committee last week.

Peter Jones, owner of Bells Cafe, spoke at the meeting to ‘urge’ councillors to oppose the plans.

He said: "There are more than enough licensed premises and food outlets in town and if Wetherspoon’s opens a lot will cease trading.

"Quite a few are trading on a knife edge, and if things deteriorate any more they might fall."

But councillors were told that the application met planning criteria.

Flint councillor David Cox said the plans could have a positive impact on the town.

He said: "I think Wetherspoon’s may kick-start the economy for Holywell.

"It will encourage a lot of people to come in , it is very competitively priced and I am hopeful this will get things moving for the town."

Sealand councillor Chris Jones said the JD Wetherspoon pub in Shotton had been good for the town.

She said: "There has been no adverse effect at all.

"The pub further up the road is still as busy as it was and it is having a knock-on effect on the town centre because a lot of people are going to Wetherspoon’s for lunch while doing some shopping."

Holywell councillor Gareth Roberts said he thought the pub would have a ‘devastating effect’ on the town, but he admitted the committee had no choice but to approve the plans.

"If we were to turn this down then in an appeal situation we would get hammered with costs against us," he said.

A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said the company was pleased with the decision but still needed to secure a licence and complete the purchase of the site.