Tuesday, 25 August 2015


More pizza anyone?

DOES Axminster need another pizza outlet? I ask the question after reporting on the front page of our Axminster edition that whilst rumours that Domino's Pizza were taking over the The Castle site on Anchor Hill are not true (the brewery is looking for another tenant), the national pizza chain have confirmed they are looking for  an outlet in Axminster.

There’s two ways of looking at this. It is good news that a national chain wants to open an outlet in Axminster, demonstrating faith in the future of the town as a vibrant commercial centre, but is the town big enough to warrant another food outlet selling pizza?

Those who already sell pizza, understandably, would say the town is not big enough for an operation like Domino's. They may well be right.

It’s good to see that progress is at last taking place on the conversion of the former Webster’s Garage site into a temporary car park.

Wouldn’t it be nice if a little sitting out, grassed area is included? And it would be better still if there was some positive news about the former George Hotel which still stands empty in the centre of town.

There’s persistent rumours that Wetherspoons might be looking at The George but that’s not likely to happen as the company tells us the ground floor area at The George is not big enough for their requirement.

THANK you for the many messages from readers we received on the occasion of our eldest daughter Zoe’s wedding.  It turned out to be the most enchanting, wonderful day of our lives, after which Jackie and I took off for a week’s holiday in Amalfi in Italy, our first real break for eight years.

My loyal deputy James Coles kept the good ship Pulman’s afloat during our absence. He did such a good job, in fact, that I’m already planning our next break...

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