Eight jobs to go as garden centre announces closure
A long-established Torbay garden centre has announced it is closing down, with the loss of eight jobs.
Parkbay Garden Centre on Brixham Road, Paignton, has set a provisional timescale of two months before it ceases trading.
The owner, Mr John Britton, has received an offer for the six-acre site, which has planning permission for 100 homes.
A poor summer season, disruptive roadworks and difficulties in receiving loans to fund the housing project himself have fuelled Mr Britton's decision to close the business, which he has run since 2006.
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The neighbouring 15-acre plot of land, owned by Cavanna Homes, is currently undergoing highway construction as part of road improvements on Brixham Road ahead of a 220-home development, due to be completed by 2018.
Torbay Council granted permission for the Cavanna project in 2010, a departure from the Torbay Local Plan, which allocated the land for employment use only.