The administrators for Krbs who previously ran a business from shop premises in Market Square have been served with a Section 215 Agreement, which requires that they tidy and smarten up the premises. ABCD, A Better Crewkerne & District have been working with planning officers from South Somerset District Council and district councillors Angie Singleton and Mike Best to have the section 215 agreement served.
Gail Coleshill, chair of the trustees at ABCD reported that: “The Krbs shop in Market Square has been a particular challenge as the owners were filing for bankruptcy and there are still problems.” Gail also said: “Members of the ABCD committee are committed to improve the retail experience in Crewkerne and are pursuing an ’empty shops strategy’.
With the recent closure of Good To Go, a sandwich shop and smoothie bar, there are currently four vacant shop premises along one side of the street in Market Square/Market Street, an area of the town which receives less footfall. Business partners Suzanne Butts, Nancy Atkinson and Paul Clarke of Good To Go – which is now gone, said: “Thank you to everyone who supported us. We worked really hard and had some very appreciative, loyal regulars and great reviews but sadly the lack of footfall at this end of the town, made it impossible to continue.”
Crewkerne businessman Richard Hall of Oscars Wine Bar considers that empty premises are having a detrimental effect on customers visiting his wine bar. With regard to the five year stalemate at Krbs, he is hoping that it will soon be resolved so that the shop next to his business in Market Square can attract an active business there. ABCD chair Gail Coleshill said: “Some residents may remember that we managed to get action on the derelict old Red Lion by starting with a section 215 agreement. The ABCD committee is hoping that this will stimulate the owners of Krbs to take some action.”