September 17 2014 Latest news:
By John Elworthy
Saturday, September 15, 2012
A SEX shop in the Fens that caused the resignation of a councillor when it was given planning approval has closed.
Kiss Kiss Lingerie at Guyhirn – advertised as a licensed adult superstore- closed last month and the premises are up for sale.
Maxey and Grounds of Wisbech are advertising the two storey former Little Chef restaurant for use as a shop or possible conversion back to a restaurant.
Grounds and Maxey partner John Maxey said his firm had been instructed by the owner Tony Ibrahim to find a tenant.
“We were instructed at the end of last month and details are now available,” said Mr Maxey.
The 240 square metre unit is being offered on a negotiable lease for £15,000 a year.
Four years ago district councillor Phil Wait resigned his seat on Fenland District Council following planning approval.
Councillor Robert Scrimshaw, a local farmer, then won the seat in a by election, arguing at the time that it was not for councils to make moral judgements.
“They can only act within the law,” he said at the time. “I can fully appreciate the concerns local residents have about the Guyhirn adult shop but I also realise in today’s economic climate encouragement should be given to a new business venture in a building which had been unoccupied for some time and was beginning to look quite shabby.”
He also attacked Phil Wait for resigning noting that it was “usual to stay around and fight your corner.”
Mr Ibrahim could not be contacted for comment.