Hove MP joins bid to keep Hove Greggs open

Mr Weatherley with Conservative councillors Adam Love and Andrew Wealls outside Greggs today. Picture taken from Twitter

Mr Weatherley with Conservative councillors Adam Love and Andrew Wealls outside Greggs today. Picture taken from Twitter

First published in News

Mike Weatherley MP has written to the chief executive of Greggs in a bid to get the bakery to keep its Hove branch open.

The Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade has written to Roger Whiteside to call on the company to "strongly reconsider its decision to shut down its branch in George Street in Hove".

A spokeswoman for Mr Weatherley said: "Local residents and businesses have contacted Mike to give their support to Greggs remaining in place."

Mr Weatherley said: “Greggs is a major asset to the community and should not be closed down so readily. George Street is getting better all of the time and it seems just the wrong time to be leaving. I have offered to meet the chief executive of Greggs to see if the firm will reconsider.”

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3:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

PJW Brighton says...

Major asset to the community?? Just a branch of a boring chain. Our MP should be supporting local businesses.
Major asset to the community?? Just a branch of a boring chain. Our MP should be supporting local businesses. PJW Brighton
  • Score: 17

3:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Martha Gunn says...

Hang on a minute - there seems to be an echo in the Argus newsroom.

Or is Weatherley really re-running this pathetic stunt?

He must get some better local advice for his election campaign - so out of touch.
Hang on a minute - there seems to be an echo in the Argus newsroom. Or is Weatherley really re-running this pathetic stunt? He must get some better local advice for his election campaign - so out of touch. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 7

4:01pm Tue 28 Jan 14

notaconspiracy says...

There are plenty of places to get food in George Street, including another (independent) baker a few yards from Greggs, selling practically the same items.

I don't think the politician should be using his position to support the chain, possibly to the detriment of the local competition. If they close this shop, I think we'll easily find an alternative.
There are plenty of places to get food in George Street, including another (independent) baker a few yards from Greggs, selling practically the same items. I don't think the politician should be using his position to support the chain, possibly to the detriment of the local competition. If they close this shop, I think we'll easily find an alternative. notaconspiracy
  • Score: 16

4:05pm Tue 28 Jan 14

LB says...

It's good to see our MP's spending the time we pay them for focusing on the really important issues that society is facing.
It's good to see our MP's spending the time we pay them for focusing on the really important issues that society is facing. LB
  • Score: 10

4:08pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Frank28 says...

A few of the Greggs outlets are 'loss leaders'. However, if they want to close the branch, it's because they're not making any money. If it does close, then let's hope that a healthier alternative takes its place.
A few of the Greggs outlets are 'loss leaders'. However, if they want to close the branch, it's because they're not making any money. If it does close, then let's hope that a healthier alternative takes its place. Frank28
  • Score: 9

4:08pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Brighton1000 says...

What a load of old tosh! Support local businesses not this poxy chain! Who cares if Greggs goes? What a loopy story to even report???!!!!!
What a load of old tosh! Support local businesses not this poxy chain! Who cares if Greggs goes? What a loopy story to even report???!!!!! Brighton1000
  • Score: 12

4:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

s_james says...

Surprised to see a Tory interfering in the free market
Surprised to see a Tory interfering in the free market s_james
  • Score: 8

5:06pm Tue 28 Jan 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Forfars just round corner with LOCAL BAKERY making FRESH food daily with LOCAL skilled staff
Greggs National chain with MASSIVE FACTORY hundreds of miles away delivering it over night by large Lorry..
Do we want to to save it? NO let it shut along with the rest of the chain who opened near EVERY Forfars shop a few years ago..
Forfars just round corner with LOCAL BAKERY making FRESH food daily with LOCAL skilled staff Greggs National chain with MASSIVE FACTORY hundreds of miles away delivering it over night by large Lorry.. Do we want to to save it? NO let it shut along with the rest of the chain who opened near EVERY Forfars shop a few years ago.. upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 9

6:26pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Man With No Name says...

...and this just proves what a waste of time MP's are. Unfortunately this waste of time is my local MP, great. It is nice to know he is using his time wisely and is completely in tune with what the people want.
...and this just proves what a waste of time MP's are. Unfortunately this waste of time is my local MP, great. It is nice to know he is using his time wisely and is completely in tune with what the people want. Man With No Name
  • Score: 4

7:09pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Bristol VR says...

This really is a nonsense.. how can our local MP get all worked up about a rubbish chain of "samey" bakers such as Greggs whose stuff is basically so limited it puts everyone on a diet of sausage rolls & steak bakes! Close the bl00dy shop and let some proper LOCAL business take over instead of this chain of cr@p food merchants
This really is a nonsense.. how can our local MP get all worked up about a rubbish chain of "samey" bakers such as Greggs whose stuff is basically so limited it puts everyone on a diet of sausage rolls & steak bakes! Close the bl00dy shop and let some proper LOCAL business take over instead of this chain of cr@p food merchants Bristol VR
  • Score: 5

10:09pm Tue 28 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

upsidedowntuctuc wrote:
Forfars just round corner with LOCAL BAKERY making FRESH food daily with LOCAL skilled staff
Greggs National chain with MASSIVE FACTORY hundreds of miles away delivering it over night by large Lorry..
Do we want to to save it? NO let it shut along with the rest of the chain who opened near EVERY Forfars shop a few years ago..
errr, Forfars have a large production unit behind the YMCA dosshouse on Old Shoreham Road, and how skilled do you have to be to put cheese in a baguette ?
[quote][p][bold]upsidedowntuctuc[/bold] wrote: Forfars just round corner with LOCAL BAKERY making FRESH food daily with LOCAL skilled staff Greggs National chain with MASSIVE FACTORY hundreds of miles away delivering it over night by large Lorry.. Do we want to to save it? NO let it shut along with the rest of the chain who opened near EVERY Forfars shop a few years ago..[/p][/quote]errr, Forfars have a large production unit behind the YMCA dosshouse on Old Shoreham Road, and how skilled do you have to be to put cheese in a baguette ? All 9 of me
  • Score: 0

7:44am Wed 29 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

We face cuts by your government of £26 million this year and the same next year. Over the next few years the council, whatever its political affililiation, will be forced to cut social services, support for the voluntary sector, childrens centres, libraries, refuse collection; you name it, it will be cut.

Mike Weatherley, why don't you stop wasting time and get off your backside and fight for your city?
We face cuts by your government of £26 million this year and the same next year. Over the next few years the council, whatever its political affililiation, will be forced to cut social services, support for the voluntary sector, childrens centres, libraries, refuse collection; you name it, it will be cut. Mike Weatherley, why don't you stop wasting time and get off your backside and fight for your city? HJarrs
  • Score: 3

7:59am Wed 29 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

Is this a joke?

Bizarre
Is this a joke? Bizarre Gribbet
  • Score: 3

9:19am Wed 29 Jan 14

Plantpot says...

HJarrs wrote:
We face cuts by your government of £26 million this year and the same next year. Over the next few years the council, whatever its political affililiation, will be forced to cut social services, support for the voluntary sector, childrens centres, libraries, refuse collection; you name it, it will be cut.

Mike Weatherley, why don't you stop wasting time and get off your backside and fight for your city?
Good for Mike to be supporting local jobs. Surely this took up an afternoon of his time and no more, so why not? Every MP will be working on cases thrown up by their weekly surgery that could be considered unimportant by the majority, but important to the individuals concerned.

Regarding the cuts, we are living with the usual socialist legacy of overspending in govt. On this occasion the overspending was worse than it's ever been, hence the need to cut so deeply.

Even Labour seem to be (belatedly) coming round to the idea that public spending needs to be reigned in hugely to balance the books. So if Labour get in at the next election, there will have to be cuts.

BTW, where do you think the money should be coming from to maintain or increase public spending? Do you really believe there are no more efficiency savings to be had in the public sector?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: We face cuts by your government of £26 million this year and the same next year. Over the next few years the council, whatever its political affililiation, will be forced to cut social services, support for the voluntary sector, childrens centres, libraries, refuse collection; you name it, it will be cut. Mike Weatherley, why don't you stop wasting time and get off your backside and fight for your city?[/p][/quote]Good for Mike to be supporting local jobs. Surely this took up an afternoon of his time and no more, so why not? Every MP will be working on cases thrown up by their weekly surgery that could be considered unimportant by the majority, but important to the individuals concerned. Regarding the cuts, we are living with the usual socialist legacy of overspending in govt. On this occasion the overspending was worse than it's ever been, hence the need to cut so deeply. Even Labour seem to be (belatedly) coming round to the idea that public spending needs to be reigned in hugely to balance the books. So if Labour get in at the next election, there will have to be cuts. BTW, where do you think the money should be coming from to maintain or increase public spending? Do you really believe there are no more efficiency savings to be had in the public sector? Plantpot
  • Score: 0

9:21am Wed 29 Jan 14

Plantpot says...

Bristol VR wrote:
This really is a nonsense.. how can our local MP get all worked up about a rubbish chain of "samey" bakers such as Greggs whose stuff is basically so limited it puts everyone on a diet of sausage rolls & steak bakes! Close the bl00dy shop and let some proper LOCAL business take over instead of this chain of cr@p food merchants
All the people employed by this shop are locals surely?
[quote][p][bold]Bristol VR[/bold] wrote: This really is a nonsense.. how can our local MP get all worked up about a rubbish chain of "samey" bakers such as Greggs whose stuff is basically so limited it puts everyone on a diet of sausage rolls & steak bakes! Close the bl00dy shop and let some proper LOCAL business take over instead of this chain of cr@p food merchants[/p][/quote]All the people employed by this shop are locals surely? Plantpot
  • Score: -1

9:44am Wed 29 Jan 14

Andy R says...

Plantpot wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
We face cuts by your government of £26 million this year and the same next year. Over the next few years the council, whatever its political affililiation, will be forced to cut social services, support for the voluntary sector, childrens centres, libraries, refuse collection; you name it, it will be cut.

Mike Weatherley, why don't you stop wasting time and get off your backside and fight for your city?
Good for Mike to be supporting local jobs. Surely this took up an afternoon of his time and no more, so why not? Every MP will be working on cases thrown up by their weekly surgery that could be considered unimportant by the majority, but important to the individuals concerned.

Regarding the cuts, we are living with the usual socialist legacy of overspending in govt. On this occasion the overspending was worse than it's ever been, hence the need to cut so deeply.

Even Labour seem to be (belatedly) coming round to the idea that public spending needs to be reigned in hugely to balance the books. So if Labour get in at the next election, there will have to be cuts.

BTW, where do you think the money should be coming from to maintain or increase public spending? Do you really believe there are no more efficiency savings to be had in the public sector?
Strikes me Mr Weatherley is a bit of socialist himself - trying to interfere in a private company's business decisions - shocking!
[quote][p][bold]Plantpot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: We face cuts by your government of £26 million this year and the same next year. Over the next few years the council, whatever its political affililiation, will be forced to cut social services, support for the voluntary sector, childrens centres, libraries, refuse collection; you name it, it will be cut. Mike Weatherley, why don't you stop wasting time and get off your backside and fight for your city?[/p][/quote]Good for Mike to be supporting local jobs. Surely this took up an afternoon of his time and no more, so why not? Every MP will be working on cases thrown up by their weekly surgery that could be considered unimportant by the majority, but important to the individuals concerned. Regarding the cuts, we are living with the usual socialist legacy of overspending in govt. On this occasion the overspending was worse than it's ever been, hence the need to cut so deeply. Even Labour seem to be (belatedly) coming round to the idea that public spending needs to be reigned in hugely to balance the books. So if Labour get in at the next election, there will have to be cuts. BTW, where do you think the money should be coming from to maintain or increase public spending? Do you really believe there are no more efficiency savings to be had in the public sector?[/p][/quote]Strikes me Mr Weatherley is a bit of socialist himself - trying to interfere in a private company's business decisions - shocking! Andy R
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Andy R says...

Presumably Bobby Nemeth has told Wackerley that if he wants any chance of getting back in next year, he'd better start paying some attention to....y'know....Hove
...? That place he supposedly represents?

Using his position to further his own vested interests in ever-tighter copyright (sorry...."intellect
ual property") laws may be highly profitable but it doesn't bring in the votes.

Unfortunately, all they managed to come up with was a photo-opp outside a sandwich shop.
Presumably Bobby Nemeth has told Wackerley that if he wants any chance of getting back in next year, he'd better start paying some attention to....y'know....Hove ...? That place he supposedly represents? Using his position to further his own vested interests in ever-tighter copyright (sorry...."intellect ual property") laws may be highly profitable but it doesn't bring in the votes. Unfortunately, all they managed to come up with was a photo-opp outside a sandwich shop. Andy R
  • Score: 1

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