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Complainant Name:
Mrs Zoe Finn

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Bury Free Press

Complaint:

Mrs Zoe Finn complained that the newspaper had published a report about a planning meeting at Forest Heath District Council which contained several inaccuracies.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published a letter from the complainant in the following terms:

On 15/04/09 I attended a planning meeting at Forest Heath District Council Offices regarding Domino’s application to acquire the Hospice shop in the Mildenhall precinct. On 17/04/09 the Bury Free Press reported on the meeting and stated that the relocation of Domino’s would save 20 jobs. In fact, the figure mentioned at the meeting was the equivalent of 15 full-time roles (some of which could be offered to the charity shop workers). The article also reported a claim that Domino’s had “never caused any problems”. Strange, then, that during the discussion the Domino’s area manager mentioned the need for extra security. A chartered surveyor, representing the pizza chain, wrongly argued that charity shops do not contribute financially to the area and do not provide employment. It is clear such shops pay rent, employ people and often sell quality goods to a wide number of people. Furthermore, it wasn’t mentioned that Domino’s could have a negative impact on the existing eateries in the shopping centre. I’m surprised that the Bury Free Press appeared to be so pro-Domino’s when shops are such an important source of revenue for charities: particularly in this instance where local hospices directly benefit.

Report: 79



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