Ship’s sailed for Blackburn's Hake Boat

The Hake Boat Chippy owner Zeki Ates

Chip shop owners Marion and Alec Newsham retiring after 30 years at the Hake Boat, in 1992

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TWO businesses say they have suffered such dramatic losses since the relocation of the Blackburn bus station that they have no choice but to close.

Railway Road will lose Sound as a Pound and The Hake Boat, which has been selling fish and chips in the town centre since 1939, in the next few weeks.

Zeki Ates, 40, owner of The Hake Boat said: “I am so fed up with Blackburn with Darwen Council.

“I lost £4,000 in the last four months, since it moved the bus stop and my profits are down 60 per cent on what they were this time last year.

“All the councillors are bragging in the Telegraph about how many million pounds they are spending on the town centre but what are they doing for the small businesses that are already here?

“They just tell us that when the regeneration is done, it will bring us more business but how do they expect us to cope in the meantime? We just can’t. They don’t care.

“This place has been a chip shop since the 1930s and I’ve had it for six years and it’s never been like this.

“We used to have queues at lunch time but not now.

“Our takings are 60 per cent down on what they were six months ago. This place is up for sale and it’s sad. I don’t want to do it but it’s too late for me now.”

Mr Ates has now put the business up for sale and is in talks with a buyer.

Sohel Vaid, 37, who owns Sound as a Pound, said: “We are going to cease trading.

“I can’t even sell the place because who would want to buy this business when it’s not making enough money? It’ll just be standing empty.

“The rates are high and we haven’t been compensated at all so it’s been a real struggle.

“People get the bus into town now, go to the Mall and go back to the bus without seeing any other areas of town.

“The only reason people walk down here now is to go for the train.

“The council is welcoming Primark, betting shops, Poundland and big names like that but they just don’t care about independent traders. ”

Councillor and regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “We have tried wherever possible to keep footfall going in that area.

“The difficulty may be that they have had rate increases but they are nothing to do with us.

“We need to speak to these businesses ourselves.”

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4:39pm Tue 17 Jun 14

drunken donut says...

Blackburn council, bunch of to$$ers; couldn't run a bath never mind a town. I gave up on Blackburn years ago, I used to go in the hake boat in the 60s, another piece of the town destroyed.
Blackburn council, bunch of to$$ers; couldn't run a bath never mind a town. I gave up on Blackburn years ago, I used to go in the hake boat in the 60s, another piece of the town destroyed. drunken donut
  • Score: 53

5:10pm Tue 17 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

You should have gone sometime In the laat 50 years, might have saved it :)
You should have gone sometime In the laat 50 years, might have saved it :) HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 17

5:12pm Tue 17 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

*last 50
*last 50 HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: -17

5:15pm Tue 17 Jun 14

phil kernot says...

Sign of the times , the church sold the land to the council people had plenty of notice what was going to happen shame thoe ,, I used to go in this place in the early 70s used to be hard to get a seat ,,,,
Sign of the times , the church sold the land to the council people had plenty of notice what was going to happen shame thoe ,, I used to go in this place in the early 70s used to be hard to get a seat ,,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 30

5:29pm Tue 17 Jun 14

clickhere says...

I'm confused... why is it that Accrington is moving its bus station away from the market to a new location that is nearer the railway station (and can thus be called an interchange), whilst Blackburn is moving its bus station away from the train station to be near the market (so its an interchange lite?)

All funded by the Pennine Reach money: the idea of which is to improve passenger transport links.

So Accrington and Blackburn are proceeding in completely opposite directions, but both are achieving the same ends, according to our councillors and planners.
Still confused!
I'm confused... why is it that Accrington is moving its bus station away from the market to a new location that is nearer the railway station (and can thus be called an interchange), whilst Blackburn is moving its bus station away from the train station to be near the market (so its an interchange lite?) All funded by the Pennine Reach money: the idea of which is to improve passenger transport links. So Accrington and Blackburn are proceeding in completely opposite directions, but both are achieving the same ends, according to our councillors and planners. Still confused! clickhere
  • Score: 42

5:50pm Tue 17 Jun 14

CorkyMac says...

drunken donut wrote:
Blackburn council, bunch of to$$ers; couldn't run a bath never mind a town. I gave up on Blackburn years ago, I used to go in the hake boat in the 60s, another piece of the town destroyed.
Totally agree drunken donut, this labour council are absolutely garbage and yet people still vote the Idiots In, beggars believe. They won't be happy until they have ripped the heart out of this town. God they make me so bloody angry.
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: Blackburn council, bunch of to$$ers; couldn't run a bath never mind a town. I gave up on Blackburn years ago, I used to go in the hake boat in the 60s, another piece of the town destroyed.[/p][/quote]Totally agree drunken donut, this labour council are absolutely garbage and yet people still vote the Idiots In, beggars believe. They won't be happy until they have ripped the heart out of this town. God they make me so bloody angry. CorkyMac
  • Score: 43

6:03pm Tue 17 Jun 14

woolywords says...

OK, own up, who is setting the business rates in Blackburn, if Council Degeneration Supremo, Mad. Maureen Bateson says, "The difficulty may be that they have had rate increases but they are nothing to do with us"?
Come on now, put your hand up, you scoundrel!
OK, own up, who is setting the business rates in Blackburn, if Council Degeneration Supremo, Mad. Maureen Bateson says, "The difficulty may be that they have had rate increases but they are nothing to do with us"? Come on now, put your hand up, you scoundrel! woolywords
  • Score: 22

7:25pm Tue 17 Jun 14

barryinthailand says...

woolywords wrote:
OK, own up, who is setting the business rates in Blackburn, if Council Degeneration Supremo, Mad. Maureen Bateson says, "The difficulty may be that they have had rate increases but they are nothing to do with us"?
Come on now, put your hand up, you scoundrel!
Totally agree with the Bateson bit, who increased the rates if not her council mates?
On the other hand if Mr Whoever lost 4000 quid in three months, and profits are down only 60% on this time last year, then the regeneration is working!!
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: OK, own up, who is setting the business rates in Blackburn, if Council Degeneration Supremo, Mad. Maureen Bateson says, "The difficulty may be that they have had rate increases but they are nothing to do with us"? Come on now, put your hand up, you scoundrel![/p][/quote]Totally agree with the Bateson bit, who increased the rates if not her council mates? On the other hand if Mr Whoever lost 4000 quid in three months, and profits are down only 60% on this time last year, then the regeneration is working!! barryinthailand
  • Score: -1

7:34pm Tue 17 Jun 14

M.DANNY says...

If the chips are good people would walk miles to the best shop in town.
Regeneration work around the town was going on for over twenty years.The markets were unsafe buildings and they were to be demolished.The new bus station could have been built at Boulevard but the Cathedral regeneration project at Boulevard did not want the new bus station to be built on Boulevard .So the town planners wanted Hotel, Offices and new Clergy Court.
The Thwaites site was to be site for a new Sainsbury Superstore.The Orbital road was to be completed around Montague Street to link Wainwright Bridge on Bolton Road. Then that would be the final regeneration project until another twenty years or so then who knows the old Town Hall and King George's Hall would be demolished to make way for future car parks for more visitors from Mars ?
If the chips are good people would walk miles to the best shop in town. Regeneration work around the town was going on for over twenty years.The markets were unsafe buildings and they were to be demolished.The new bus station could have been built at Boulevard but the Cathedral regeneration project at Boulevard did not want the new bus station to be built on Boulevard .So the town planners wanted Hotel, Offices and new Clergy Court. The Thwaites site was to be site for a new Sainsbury Superstore.The Orbital road was to be completed around Montague Street to link Wainwright Bridge on Bolton Road. Then that would be the final regeneration project until another twenty years or so then who knows the old Town Hall and King George's Hall would be demolished to make way for future car parks for more visitors from Mars ? M.DANNY
  • Score: 15

8:17pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

CorkyMac wrote:
drunken donut wrote:
Blackburn council, bunch of to$$ers; couldn't run a bath never mind a town. I gave up on Blackburn years ago, I used to go in the hake boat in the 60s, another piece of the town destroyed.
Totally agree drunken donut, this labour council are absolutely garbage and yet people still vote the Idiots In, beggars believe. They won't be happy until they have ripped the heart out of this town. God they make me so bloody angry.
So true.
The trouble with relics of the industrial age like Blackburn is that too many people still believe in the old saying that " Tories are f't bosses and Labour is f't workers ".
Trouble is, not too many are workers any more and want a labour administration so their gravy train keeps on rolling.
They can't seem to realise that modern Labour is a party of middle-class left-wing graduates who need to keep huge numbers of people poor so as to keep their vote.
[quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: Blackburn council, bunch of to$$ers; couldn't run a bath never mind a town. I gave up on Blackburn years ago, I used to go in the hake boat in the 60s, another piece of the town destroyed.[/p][/quote]Totally agree drunken donut, this labour council are absolutely garbage and yet people still vote the Idiots In, beggars believe. They won't be happy until they have ripped the heart out of this town. God they make me so bloody angry.[/p][/quote]So true. The trouble with relics of the industrial age like Blackburn is that too many people still believe in the old saying that " Tories are f't bosses and Labour is f't workers ". Trouble is, not too many are workers any more and want a labour administration so their gravy train keeps on rolling. They can't seem to realise that modern Labour is a party of middle-class left-wing graduates who need to keep huge numbers of people poor so as to keep their vote. Copperhead
  • Score: 28

9:24pm Tue 17 Jun 14

child44 says...

clickhere wrote:
I'm confused... why is it that Accrington is moving its bus station away from the market to a new location that is nearer the railway station (and can thus be called an interchange), whilst Blackburn is moving its bus station away from the train station to be near the market (so its an interchange lite?)

All funded by the Pennine Reach money: the idea of which is to improve passenger transport links.

So Accrington and Blackburn are proceeding in completely opposite directions, but both are achieving the same ends, according to our councillors and planners.
Still confused!
Great comment.

Councillors...?
[quote][p][bold]clickhere[/bold] wrote: I'm confused... why is it that Accrington is moving its bus station away from the market to a new location that is nearer the railway station (and can thus be called an interchange), whilst Blackburn is moving its bus station away from the train station to be near the market (so its an interchange lite?) All funded by the Pennine Reach money: the idea of which is to improve passenger transport links. So Accrington and Blackburn are proceeding in completely opposite directions, but both are achieving the same ends, according to our councillors and planners. Still confused![/p][/quote]Great comment. Councillors...? child44
  • Score: 10

9:36pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Shane says...

Sorry boys but I think it's quite obvious they don't want you there. If they did they would of been all over you with a rash offering rate rebates etc. No doubt BwDC and keeping some prime retail areas vacant ready for when the regeneration takes hold for Prada, Armani and Versace
Sorry boys but I think it's quite obvious they don't want you there. If they did they would of been all over you with a rash offering rate rebates etc. No doubt BwDC and keeping some prime retail areas vacant ready for when the regeneration takes hold for Prada, Armani and Versace Shane
  • Score: 8

9:39pm Tue 17 Jun 14

ste.g says...

crap chips anyway
crap chips anyway ste.g
  • Score: -13

9:55pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Bluelizzy says...

Regeneration ? to BwDC the aim is to attract more people from out of the area to come and spend their hard earned in the area.
Attracting big name stores seems to be notches on the bedpost. Get them... win.
BUT... that makes this place just like every other place. Same shops selling the same stuff. Not attractive, not worth travelling to. Object defeated !
Regeneration ? to BwDC the aim is to attract more people from out of the area to come and spend their hard earned in the area. Attracting big name stores seems to be notches on the bedpost. Get them... win. BUT... that makes this place just like every other place. Same shops selling the same stuff. Not attractive, not worth travelling to. Object defeated ! Bluelizzy
  • Score: 11

10:07pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

The power to set business rates was taken away from local Councils in the 1980s and has never been returned.

Business rates are set by central government.
The power to set business rates was taken away from local Councils in the 1980s and has never been returned. Business rates are set by central government. Excluded again
  • Score: 19

11:10pm Tue 17 Jun 14

peely says...

Wait till they open this " new "Hotel in the " new " cathedral quarter , which will go the same way as Margo Grimshaw,s development - down the pan !
These people must be living in a dream world and not in the real world which is Blackburn . Best of luck boys , you,ll certainly need it !
Wait till they open this " new "Hotel in the " new " cathedral quarter , which will go the same way as Margo Grimshaw,s development - down the pan ! These people must be living in a dream world and not in the real world which is Blackburn . Best of luck boys , you,ll certainly need it ! peely
  • Score: 6

1:15am Wed 18 Jun 14

fireonthemountain says...

This is a genuine request for assistance .

Tomorrow , i have to pick someone up from King George's Hall .

I have not driven into Blackburn for years , though I used to know the roads very well .

I am coming from Darwen , along the main drag - then I will be approaching that horrible mess of a "roundabout" by the railway bridge .

What then ? And where do i park ?
How long should I allow for this journey ?

I am driving a normal car - picking up approx 8 p.m .

This is not a joke .

All replies appreciated , and thanked for in advance .

I don't need sneers nor sarcasm .
This is a genuine request for assistance . Tomorrow , i have to pick someone up from King George's Hall . I have not driven into Blackburn for years , though I used to know the roads very well . I am coming from Darwen , along the main drag - then I will be approaching that horrible mess of a "roundabout" by the railway bridge . What then ? And where do i park ? How long should I allow for this journey ? I am driving a normal car - picking up approx 8 p.m . This is not a joke . All replies appreciated , and thanked for in advance . I don't need sneers nor sarcasm . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 6

8:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

Reasons says...

Shops and business close down ,building becomes empty ... good reason to demolish !! another fine feature reduced to rubble
Shops and business close down ,building becomes empty ... good reason to demolish !! another fine feature reduced to rubble Reasons
  • Score: 9

9:29am Wed 18 Jun 14

raggedtrouseredphilanthropist says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
This is a genuine request for assistance .

Tomorrow , i have to pick someone up from King George's Hall .

I have not driven into Blackburn for years , though I used to know the roads very well .

I am coming from Darwen , along the main drag - then I will be approaching that horrible mess of a "roundabout" by the railway bridge .

What then ? And where do i park ?
How long should I allow for this journey ?

I am driving a normal car - picking up approx 8 p.m .

This is not a joke .

All replies appreciated , and thanked for in advance .

I don't need sneers nor sarcasm .
Turn left onto Wainwright Bridge. The fire station will be on your left. Right lane as you approach lights on King Street. Turn left up Montague St. Take first left at lights. New Vehicle Technology college building on your left. Drive straight upto T-juction, Dalis (formerly The Peel) pub on your right, turn left. KGH, you have reached your destination! 30 minutes should ensure you are not late.
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: This is a genuine request for assistance . Tomorrow , i have to pick someone up from King George's Hall . I have not driven into Blackburn for years , though I used to know the roads very well . I am coming from Darwen , along the main drag - then I will be approaching that horrible mess of a "roundabout" by the railway bridge . What then ? And where do i park ? How long should I allow for this journey ? I am driving a normal car - picking up approx 8 p.m . This is not a joke . All replies appreciated , and thanked for in advance . I don't need sneers nor sarcasm .[/p][/quote]Turn left onto Wainwright Bridge. The fire station will be on your left. Right lane as you approach lights on King Street. Turn left up Montague St. Take first left at lights. New Vehicle Technology college building on your left. Drive straight upto T-juction, Dalis (formerly The Peel) pub on your right, turn left. KGH, you have reached your destination! 30 minutes should ensure you are not late. raggedtrouseredphilanthropist
  • Score: 6

9:31am Wed 18 Jun 14

raggedtrouseredphilanthropist says...

Ooopps! Reference Montague Street. Should have said take first RIGHT at lights.
Ooopps! Reference Montague Street. Should have said take first RIGHT at lights. raggedtrouseredphilanthropist
  • Score: 8

11:43am Wed 18 Jun 14

jinkyjase says...

Hang on, six months ago it was December and cold so people would buy chips. Wouldn't they?
Hang on, six months ago it was December and cold so people would buy chips. Wouldn't they? jinkyjase
  • Score: 3

2:47pm Wed 18 Jun 14

fireonthemountain says...

Cheers rtp !!
Cheers rtp !! fireonthemountain
  • Score: 2

10:29pm Wed 18 Jun 14

blackburne67 says...

:D Yes plz Armani, Prada, Gucci, Versace, Paul Smith bring it on.Oh how I wish.... Dream on I think lol.A Whistles, Jigsaw & Sandro would suffice me half way though.Some compromise is needed with at least a small selection of higher end high St shops & resturants too & I dont mean burger bars & kebab huts we got too many as it is!!!
:D Yes plz Armani, Prada, Gucci, Versace, Paul Smith bring it on.Oh how I wish.... Dream on I think lol.A Whistles, Jigsaw & Sandro would suffice me half way though.Some compromise is needed with at least a small selection of higher end high St shops & resturants too & I dont mean burger bars & kebab huts we got too many as it is!!! blackburne67
  • Score: 5

11:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

fireonthemountain says...

Hi to rtp -

Just to let you know your plan / advice worked perfectly .

Very grateful . I would never have thought of going that way .

The wife made me chuckle . Said -

"That 's how to do it - go what appears to be the wrong way ,
encircle , then attack from the flank - tell Roy H . before the match tomorrow !"

Well it made me laugh .

Again thank you .
Hi to rtp - Just to let you know your plan / advice worked perfectly . Very grateful . I would never have thought of going that way . The wife made me chuckle . Said - "That 's how to do it - go what appears to be the wrong way , encircle , then attack from the flank - tell Roy H . before the match tomorrow !" Well it made me laugh . Again thank you . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 3

10:59am Thu 19 Jun 14

tonyisace says...

ive said it before and ill say it again till i am blue in the face,i dont understand why blackburn is going against the trend,every other town in the country is trying to get its transport sytem in one place ie bus station next to rail station,only blackburn run by monkeys move their two stations apart
ive said it before and ill say it again till i am blue in the face,i dont understand why blackburn is going against the trend,every other town in the country is trying to get its transport sytem in one place ie bus station next to rail station,only blackburn run by monkeys move their two stations apart tonyisace
  • Score: 5

2:38pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Richard Pembrook says...

I hate it when they call us with blackburn, I don't know anyone in Darwen that wants to be "with" blackburn! The place is a liability.
I hate it when they call us with blackburn, I don't know anyone in Darwen that wants to be "with" blackburn! The place is a liability. Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 4

3:52am Sat 21 Jun 14

saker says...

M.DANNY wrote:
If the chips are good people would walk miles to the best shop in town.
Regeneration work around the town was going on for over twenty years.The markets were unsafe buildings and they were to be demolished.The new bus station could have been built at Boulevard but the Cathedral regeneration project at Boulevard did not want the new bus station to be built on Boulevard .So the town planners wanted Hotel, Offices and new Clergy Court.
The Thwaites site was to be site for a new Sainsbury Superstore.The Orbital road was to be completed around Montague Street to link Wainwright Bridge on Bolton Road. Then that would be the final regeneration project until another twenty years or so then who knows the old Town Hall and King George's Hall would be demolished to make way for future car parks for more visitors from Mars ?
Why did the council not CPO the Boulevard site for the new bus station when they had the opportunity. Seems somebody has pulled strings not to allow Blackburn to have integrated transport for their on gain.
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: If the chips are good people would walk miles to the best shop in town. Regeneration work around the town was going on for over twenty years.The markets were unsafe buildings and they were to be demolished.The new bus station could have been built at Boulevard but the Cathedral regeneration project at Boulevard did not want the new bus station to be built on Boulevard .So the town planners wanted Hotel, Offices and new Clergy Court. The Thwaites site was to be site for a new Sainsbury Superstore.The Orbital road was to be completed around Montague Street to link Wainwright Bridge on Bolton Road. Then that would be the final regeneration project until another twenty years or so then who knows the old Town Hall and King George's Hall would be demolished to make way for future car parks for more visitors from Mars ?[/p][/quote]Why did the council not CPO the Boulevard site for the new bus station when they had the opportunity. Seems somebody has pulled strings not to allow Blackburn to have integrated transport for their on gain. saker
  • Score: 2

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