Newly-opened retro games store Vintage Gamer is threatened with closure after planners ordered the removal of a security roller shutter.
Proprietor Nick Browne, who runs retro games store Vintage Gamer in Cradley has been refused retrospective planning permission for the £1,000 shutter.
The 30-year-old entrepreneur opened his business seven months ago in the shop which had stood empty for 15 years, not knowing that planning consent was needed for a roller shutter. He was told by Dudley Council to submit a retrospective application and was devastated when it was rejected on the grounds that it would re-inforce the fear of crime.
He added: “I have a lot of valuable stock and I could not continue with the business without the security of a roller shutter. I don’t understand the decision as there are at least 10 businesses with roller shutters already in Windmill Hill.”
A local Councillor has vowed to take the issue up with Dudley Council’s planners.