Rockwell Green butcher Michael Coate has dismissed fears that he is about to close the business after 42 years following his planning application to change the use of his premises from shop to a three-bedroomed house..
“I’m not giving up at all, said Mr Coate, “and business is booming. I shall take early retirement from Rockwell Green in 3 years but the business will continue elsewhere.
“Everything will be the same, including the Farmers’ Market and outside events in the summer which I enjoy.”
He added, “I’m just thinking ahead. I need the planning application for the business to be transferred to the hills where I’ve owned a farm for years. Once I’ve got planning approval I’ve got lots of options.”
Current uncertainty about Britain’s future in the EU is a cause of future concern. He said, “My farming business relies on subsidies and we may lose them. I can’t predict what meat prices are going to do if we pull out of the EU so I’m planning ahead. At the moment I’m here and I’ve got 3 years to make a choice. I’ve been here for 42 years and I’m thinking of the future.”