Mum’s chilli jams are hot stuff

Op­po­si­tion builds to plan for su­per­mar­ket and res­tau­rant

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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.

Google Street View

●● 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

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