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Sir – When walking down the pathway from Witney’s Market Square via Nortons to the car park, I noticed that two cafes were closed, Cafe Ortuga and the Sweet Shop.

I wonder if these are, like iZi, victims of the recession.

I know there is a lot of competition in the town for diners – Greggs, Costa, Caffe Nero, Huffkins and others.

Perhaps the competition proved too much.

Or was it, as in the case of iZi, that the Independent Valuation Agency decided that rates had to increase?

I am still angry that iZi closed down because of a steep hike in the rates.

I wrote to Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron about this and got a decent reply and explanation.

But what they and the IVA ignore are the social consequences of their financial decisions. Their only interest is money, not people.

If this is what happened to Cafe Ortuga and the Sweet Shop, it is unacceptable.

Surely councils should be consulted regarding the overall impact of financial decisions before some faceless quango forces businesses to close.

J Breen, Walkers Height, Finstock

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8:51am Wed 23 Apr 14

the wizard says...

Twenty five and thirty years ago you could hardly get a cuppa in Witney, there was Piggy Malones and another which came just before or after in Waterloo Walk I believe and that was it, and then the ill fated Oven door, which always felt grubby at best. The best that followed after the coming and going of the Wimpy has always been the Original Coffee House which soldiered on alone for quite a while, always offering then as it does now, good service, good food and at a good price. This was identified as by many an area for competition, but do we really need two Costa Coffee's etc. While Greggs and yet to be opened Subway do offer something different to a traditional cafe, we seem now to have gone from one extreme to the other. While Nortons (the owner has threatened to close) and IZI drummed out by greed, and is rumoured to be re opening as a "family orientated restaurant" offered something different, is it not time for the council to start looking in closer detail towards planning applications in the future to safeguard the incumbent business's that already exist. A good shoe shop would be a good start as opposed to more eateries, and somewhere where you can buy training shoes at a decent price would go down well, a Sports Direct for example.
Twenty five and thirty years ago you could hardly get a cuppa in Witney, there was Piggy Malones and another which came just before or after in Waterloo Walk I believe and that was it, and then the ill fated Oven door, which always felt grubby at best. The best that followed after the coming and going of the Wimpy has always been the Original Coffee House which soldiered on alone for quite a while, always offering then as it does now, good service, good food and at a good price. This was identified as by many an area for competition, but do we really need two Costa Coffee's etc. While Greggs and yet to be opened Subway do offer something different to a traditional cafe, we seem now to have gone from one extreme to the other. While Nortons (the owner has threatened to close) and IZI drummed out by greed, and is rumoured to be re opening as a "family orientated restaurant" offered something different, is it not time for the council to start looking in closer detail towards planning applications in the future to safeguard the incumbent business's that already exist. A good shoe shop would be a good start as opposed to more eateries, and somewhere where you can buy training shoes at a decent price would go down well, a Sports Direct for example. the wizard
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