Pie wars break out on Stockton High Street

Pie wars break out on Stockton High Street

SEATING ROW: Craig Harker serves up pie and peas from the food booth attached to his pub on Stockton High Street. He is not allowed seating outside while the food stall nearby is. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

SEATING ROW: Craig Harker serves up free pie and peas from the food booth attached to his pub on Stockton High Street. Picture: STUART BOULTON

SEATING ROW: Craig Harker serves up free pie and peas from the food booth attached to his pub on Stockton High Street. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

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A WAR of the pies has broken out on Stockton High Street after a market trader opened a pie and peas stall outside a pub.

The stall has opened outside The George, upsetting pub landlord Craig Harker because Stockton Borough Council ordered him to remove tables and chairs from the street.

Mr Harker said it is not fair for the trader to be allowed to serve pies outside when he is not and so gave away pies for free from the pub on Saturday in an attempt to persuade the stall holder to move.

He said Stockton market and the council should be more sensitive towards existing businesses.

He said: “I have rung the market manager several times but with no joy. I was recently asked to take in the tables and chairs from outside of the pub due to not having planning permission yet the market stalls don’t require this.”

Stockton Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and transport, Councillor Mike Smith said: “As The George’s recently installed food serving hatch requires planning permission, we have visited Mr Harker to advise that he needs to submit a retrospective planning application.

"We have also advised that like all commercial premises, he would need planning permission to place tables and chairs on the pavement.”

The owner of the market stall has reportedly said he is simply trying to make a living and will not move, and in any case, his home-made pies are different to those sold by The George.

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1:13pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Libertarian Party (North) says...

Once again, Stockton Councilors show a complete lack of understanding of business and empathy for business owners. First they charge the pub exorbitant business rates and licensing fees, and then allow a stall holder who has none of these overheads to set up a stall right outside.

There is little enough mony to be made out of selling beer and wine owing to the Council-imposed overheads, rent and the amount of taxation on those commodities which push a pint down the pub out of most people's reach nowadays, and the only real profit that can be made is from whatever can be produced in the kitchen.

This is what happens when you have a Council loaded with stuffed shirts who wouldn't be able to run a house of ill repute at a profit.

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Once again, Stockton Councilors show a complete lack of understanding of business and empathy for business owners. First they charge the pub exorbitant business rates and licensing fees, and then allow a stall holder who has none of these overheads to set up a stall right outside. There is little enough mony to be made out of selling beer and wine owing to the Council-imposed overheads, rent and the amount of taxation on those commodities which push a pint down the pub out of most people's reach nowadays, and the only real profit that can be made is from whatever can be produced in the kitchen. This is what happens when you have a Council loaded with stuffed shirts who wouldn't be able to run a house of ill repute at a profit. The Libertarian Party will be standing in next year's local elections. Vote Libertarian! Libertarian Party (North)
  • Score: 5

9:18pm Wed 23 Jul 14

spragger says...

SBC are a disaster They have ruined Billingham & Stockton High St
Next on the agenda is Yarm
Vote the bastedos out!
SBC are a disaster They have ruined Billingham & Stockton High St Next on the agenda is Yarm Vote the bastedos out! spragger
  • Score: 11

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