Tanning salon 'as garish as illuminations at Blackpool'

Manager Sarah Gallagher outside the tanning salon

Manager Sarah Gallagher outside the tanning salon

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Bicester and Banbury. Call me on (01865) 425426

A TANNING salon has been likened to Blackpool illuminations, with town leaders branding its shop front “gaudy.”

The outside decorations and lights of Tanning Salon, in Causeway, Bicester, as well as noise levels, have been criticised by Bicester Town Council.

Mayor Lynn Pratt said: “I don’t like to say this because I’m from the North, but it looks like Blackpool seafront.

“It looks totally out of place with the conservation area.”

Fellow town councillor Rose Stratford said: “The music is so loud.”

But Sarah Gallagher, who manages the tropical paradise-themed shop, said: “I think it’s nice, it’s vibrant.

“It is nothing like Blackpool. Have they even been there?

“We have had no complaints from customers. One of them told me ‘It is like being on holiday for nine minutes’.

“I don’t think the music is loud, it is playing at a reasonable level.”

The salon came before the town council’s planning committee on Monday after owner Scott Pratley retrospectively submitted a change of use application.

The space was formerly used by Blockbusters and had been standing empty until the salon opened 12 weeks ago.

Mr Pratley, who has 13 years’ experience owning sunbed salons, explained why he was submitting the application after having opened already.

He said: “I was so swept up in signing the contract, and you start paying rates straight away, I just wanted to get it all done.

“I guess I just didn’t get round to it.”

He added: “The music is not loud or blaring, if it was it would deafen the customers because the speakers are above them.

“You can talk very easily inside the shop.

“The signage is 150 per cent right, it is in a conservation area and I have had to alter the lighting for my shop in Banbury to make it right.

“So I know that this one is.”

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He said that since opening three months ago more than 1,000 people had signed up to the shop’s membership scheme.

“We haven’t had a single complaint,” said the 42-year-old Bloxham resident.

The application will be decided by Cherwell District Council but a date for it to come before councillors has not yet been set.

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6:42am Mon 4 Aug 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

So the council in their infinite wisdom would prefer the retail units to lie empty because 'they' think it is gaudy ? Idiots.
So the council in their infinite wisdom would prefer the retail units to lie empty because 'they' think it is gaudy ? Idiots. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 1

9:08am Mon 4 Aug 14

snert says...

I'm all for new businesses taking over empty units but I fear the rise of the Oompa Loompa's around Bicester. Nothing says chav better than an orange tan.
I'm all for new businesses taking over empty units but I fear the rise of the Oompa Loompa's around Bicester. Nothing says chav better than an orange tan. snert
  • Score: 22

10:58am Mon 4 Aug 14

Neonlights says...

"Mayor Lynn Pratt"

Pratt by name, prat by nature.
"Mayor Lynn Pratt" Pratt by name, prat by nature. Neonlights
  • Score: 1

7:39pm Mon 4 Aug 14

badger77 says...

Conservation area?? Do me a favour, the Causeway is one of the dingiest parts of the town. The salon has at least added a bit of colour to it.
Conservation area?? Do me a favour, the Causeway is one of the dingiest parts of the town. The salon has at least added a bit of colour to it. badger77
  • Score: -1

2:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

xenarthra says...

"We have had no complaints from customers." Well there's a surprise. How about asking some people who aren't your customers?
"We have had no complaints from customers." Well there's a surprise. How about asking some people who aren't your customers? xenarthra
  • Score: 1

3:36pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Simon Johns says...

The only thing they need to worry about is being reported for allowing customers to over use the sun beds. Quote: 'If you want to come everyday, make sure a different member of staff is on duty'. Also allowing 15 year olds to use the sunbeds is surely against the some law ?
The only thing they need to worry about is being reported for allowing customers to over use the sun beds. Quote: 'If you want to come everyday, make sure a different member of staff is on duty'. Also allowing 15 year olds to use the sunbeds is surely against the some law ? Simon Johns
  • Score: 1

3:38pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Simon Johns says...

The only thing they need to worry about is being reported for allowing customers to over use the sun beds. Quote: 'If you want to come everyday, make sure a different member of staff is on duty'. Also allowing 15 year olds to use the sunbeds is surely against some law ?
The only thing they need to worry about is being reported for allowing customers to over use the sun beds. Quote: 'If you want to come everyday, make sure a different member of staff is on duty'. Also allowing 15 year olds to use the sunbeds is surely against some law ? Simon Johns
  • Score: 0

7:55pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

"The signage is 150 per cent right"......no it's not, it might be 100% right, but it can't be 150% right...
Personally I think the places should be banned, orange isn't a good look
"The signage is 150 per cent right"......no it's not, it might be 100% right, but it can't be 150% right... Personally I think the places should be banned, orange isn't a good look Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 1

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