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Last Updated: Monday, 17 October 2005, 18:02 GMT 19:02 UK
Fish shop success upsets traders
Magpie Cafe
The Magpie has room for 130 people at a time
Traders near a successful fish and chip restaurant in Whitby say their own trade is taking a battering because of the long queues it creates.

People regularly line the narrow pavement waiting for a table at the Magpie Cafe which has been highly praised by seafood chef Rick Stein.

North Yorkshire County Council said several traders had told them they want something done about the queues.

But owner Ian Robson said he thinks there is little he can do.

Move on

"We are not asking anybody to queue, they do so of their own accord," he explained.

"I don't think I can go outside and ask them to move on."

"We have had queues for the last 30 years to my knowledge but it seems to have become a problem in the last year for some reason."

Mr Robson added that while they were queuing, customers were able to see what was inside other shops which might actually be good for their trade.

A spokesman for the county council agreed that queues outside the Magpie, which is by Whitby's harbour, are nothing new.

He said the comments from traders about the problems the crowds cause had been made during a consultation exercise about a proposed new traffic scheme for the seaside town.


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