Butcher humbled by local support

A High Wycombe butcher has received an “overwhelming” amount of support from the local community, after threats of losing his business.

Joe Gleeson, of J P Gleeson in Penn, holds a commercial lease for his butcher’s shop, which he has run for the last 30 years. However, the Bucks Free Press reported that planning permission has been put forward to Chiltern District Council, which could result in the butcher losing his shop.

Gleeson believes that the freehold owners want full residential use of the premises as it would provide them with more money than it would if the location had mixed use, as it does now.

However, the local community have rallied behind the butcher in an effort to cease plans.

“As you can imagine, the support is very humbling, bordering on overwhelming. It’s tremendous,” said Gleeson.

He said that addressing the council was pivotal in overcoming this obstacle. Speaking of the community support, Gleeson said: “Predominantly they’ve been writing letters of objection to the local authority, as that is all they can really do. Words are comforting, as we all know, and they’re reassuring, but ultimately it is letters of objection that have to hit the local authority’s desk that need to make them realise, ‘Hang on a minute, this is a much-used and valued community shop’.”

To show their support, members of the community turned out with posters and placards to oppose plans, reported the Bucks Free Press.

“What a great response to the news about Joe Gleeson’s shop,” wrote Jimmy Riddle on the Penn and Tylers Green village discussions forum. “Real community spirit shown here – well done everybody.”

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