St John’s Plant Centre vows continue Christmas Wonderland

by | Oct 6, 2018 | News | 0 comments

St Johns
St Johns Garden Centre will continue to run business as normal despite being told it’s trading illegally by council officials.
St Johns Plant Centre insists it is not breaking any laws by trading as a retail garden centre. It also feels the same about hosting a Christmas Wonderland attraction.
Tendring Council served an enforcement notice last month. They ordered the business to stop its retail sales and demanding it stop hosting its festive event.
Last year, the council made a failed application for a High Court injunction to shut the event down due to traffic ?chaos?.

St Johns working with Tendring Council

St Johns is trying to work with the council on addressing highways concerns. But a decision over a planning application to widen the access road is stalling pending an appeal.
He said: ?This planning application could be sorted out and the road built by now. We want to widen the access road.
?We also have a statutory right to sell ten per cent of our stock as retail and that is exactly what we do.
?It is up to them to fight us in this situation.
?In the spring season, we are as busy as we are in the Christmas season.
?All year round we are creating jobs, keeping people employed.?
The garden centre bosses confirmed about ?20,000 was spent fighting the council?s application last year. Staff remain fearful for their futures.
The Christmas Wonderland has happened for the past five years at the 26-acre garden centre. It recently saw a surge in popularity.
He said: ?We have to carry on. We can?t do much about it because it is down to the council to do what it should do.
?It’s like they get knocked back and keep returning to try and shut us down.
?Clacton needs something like this, there is nothing that can replicate what we have here.
?We became too successful, but you can?t stop a business growing.
We will be appealing the decision.
?The support we have had from the community has been encouraging.?
Tendring Council has acknowledged its decision over the highways plan was delayed. It has said the business?s scheme did not go far enough to solve the problems.

more latest news ➡

Handy drops new catalogue for 2024 season

Handy unveils the latest gardening and DIY products

British garden manufacturer Handy has announced the arrival of its new catalogue and Monthly Dealer Promotions Calendar, both designed to provide retailers with valuable increased margins on a wide range of gardening and DIY products and ensure they have everything...

HTA shows caution for garden retailers

Garden Centres cautious despite good start to year

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) releases its February monthly market update, which shows that despite the UK economy's recently announced recession, garden retail continues to show some green shoots to kick off the year. The resilience is a continuity of...

Mike Burks awarded GCA Honorary member

GCA inducts Mike Burks as honorary member

Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, which owns Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil and Poundbury Gardens near Dorchester, has been awarded Honorary Membership of the Garden Centre Association (GCA). Presented by GCA...


The GCA Conference digs deep for the Greenfingers Charity

The recent Garden Centre Association (GCA) conference was not only an informative and educational event, but it also featured a lot of fundraising for the garden retail sector’s adopted charities, including Greenfingers. In fact, delegates dug so deep into their...

Andy Hannan joins Dobbies as Commercial Director

Dobbies appoints Andy Hannan as Commercial Director

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has appointed Andy Hannan as Commercial Director. With extensive experience from across the retail sector, Andy will lead the delivery of Dobbies’ commercial strategy as it enters its new financial year. Andy has...

Read GCR's latest edition!
Read GCR's latest Made in Britain Supplement!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word


Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This