Mum’s chilli jams are hot stuff
Opposition builds to plan for supermarket and restaurant
A MUM who launched a business making jam with her daughters has won gold honours at a food industry awards.
Lee Preston started making condiments while working as a teacher and secured a stall at the popular Treacle Market to sell her products. She did so well she decided to leave her job and set up the company Mrs P’s and Family, making jams with her daughters Thea, 15, and Briseis, 21.
And the move had paid off. She has just won three gold awards for three of her chilli jams in the Great Taste Awards, which are seen as a quality stamp in the food industry.
The Original Hot Chilli Jam was a recipe from Lee’s mother-in-law who lived in the Bahamas. A CONTROVERSIAL plan to knock down a wellloved building for a new mini supermarket and expanded restaurant has been delayed.
The owners of the Bay Leaf Lounge, on Wellington Road, want to demolish the current building – the former Waggon and Horses Pub – and replace it with a new purpose built venue.
The new building would house a Sainsbury’s Local on the ground floor, with the restaurant taking up the first floor.
The planning application has been ‘called in’, meaning the decision will no longer be made by planning officers at Cheshire East but will go before the Northern Planning Committee.
The deadline for comment on the plan has been extended, giving
Lee said: “I used that and have adapted it to now make seven different savoury jams and chutneys and one sweet one. I have had lots of support from our local butchers, Heathcotes.
“I was thrilled when we were told that three of our jams had won a gold star.”
Lee runs the business from her home at Alderley View in Bollington, but has now got permission from the council to convert one of the garages into a professional kitchen.
She said: “During this past year, making the jams full time from home has taken over our kitchen and dining room. I looked at other premises but now we have permission I’m busy organising the conversion.” more opportunity for those opposed to the plan to lodge their complaints.
Residents have objected for reasons including traffic, safety and car parking and some say they don’t want another supermarket.
There is also concern that the landmark building will be demolished.
Granville Sellars, who opposes the application, has sent out an email to all councillors on the Northern Planning Committee.
He said: “The applicants state that their proposal will make the junction safer, which is nonsense. No one is denying that the Co-op needs competition but it’s madness to put another supermarket there.”
Emery Planning, which is in charge of the application, says that while the front of the building has some attractive architectural features, it has been extended over the years with unattractive single storey extensions.
The building has also suffered from a lack of maintenance and has been subject to fire damage.
Sainsbury’s says the new store would create up to 25 new jobs.
The application will be heard by the Northern Planning Committee on a date to be set.
Bollington Town Council is expected to make its formal recommendation in late September or early October.
There may be a public meeting soon on the plan.
The deadline for comments is October 7.
●● The Bay Leaf Lounge, on Wellington Road, Bollington which the owners want to demolish to create a small supermarket and restaurant
●● Lee Preston and her daughters Thea (left) and Briseis have won three Great Taste Awards for their produce