A WORTHING pub landlord has accused the borough council of “stabbing him in the back” by clamping down on the number of used cars he can sell from his forecourt.
David Stoken, who runs The Dolphin, in Dominion Road, with his partner Maureen, has been selling up to 10 vehicles at a time from the pub car park, a business he says he needs to run to keep the pub afloat.
But he now faces a planning enforcement notice at Tuesday’s (May 29) borough planning committee meeting, requiring him to sell no more than three cars at a time.
Mr Stoken told the Herald this number was “absurd”, and not enough to be a viable operation.
“I believe in small businesses,” he added.
“Me and Maureen, and the staff, have worked incredibly hard to make this business work, and now they’ve stabbed us in the back.”
In February this year, council officers, “mindful of the current economic climate”, suggested no more than three cars be sold from the pub site.
A Highways Authority report said road-parked vehicles took up space and forced visitors to shops opposite the site to park illegally.
“I would suggest it would be a benefit to highway safety if this outfit was either scaled down or stopped altogether,” said the authority’s report.
Tuesday’s meeting will be recommended to issue a planning enforcement notice imposing the three-car limit, on the grounds of visual amenity and highway safety.
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