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Disputed sex shop gets go-ahead

Williams Street, Holyhead
The new shop will be situated in this street in Holyhead

A businessman has been given the go-ahead to open a sex shop in an Anglesey town, after 18 months of opposition.

Owner David McCullum said he was happy to comply with all the conditions imposed for the shop in Holyhead.

These include a bi-lingual signs clause, which could translate his Good Vibrations shop name to Dirgryniadau Da, and evening opening hours from 1700-2200 GMT.

Businesses in Williams Street objected, calling the location inappropriate.

"I'm very pleased (with the decision) and the people protesting against this only brought it more publicity," he said.

It's not appropriate for a street like this
Linda Rowlands, hairdresser

"I'm happy with the opening hours because most people are at work during the day anyway, although I dispute the line about school children passing, because they would not have seen anything anyway," he added.

Mr McCullum said he would now wait for the official letter from the council confirming his permission before completing finishing off work at the premises, and opening "in the next couple of weeks".

He said he would not be employing anyone to work at the shop but would work there himself so as to build up the "trust" of customers.

"I want it done proper. I don't want anyone to talk about what people bought.

"It's a close knit place anyway and I don't want people in a café saying so-and-so's bought something. I want people to trust us," he added.

Bilingual

Scottish man Mr McCullum added he did not mind the fact that all signs had to be bilingual.

"I'd put them in Gaelic too if I had the room.

"People coming over from Ireland on the ferry would be very welcome," he said.

Other businesses on the street are still unhappy at the decision however.

Hairdresser Linda Rowlands said the location was inappropriate.

School children

"Children come here, this business has been here over 20 years.

"It's not appropriate for a street like this. I'm very against it," she added.

Robert Gray Morris of Robert Hugh Gray-Morris said he was glad the opening times had been restricted to the evening as it meant the shop was not open when children were walking home from school.

"It doesn't reflect what we are trying to achieve, to do Holyhead up to be nicer," he said.

"I have nothing against the man himself, he's very nice, but it's unfortunate (about the shop)," he added.



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