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New takeaway plan runs into objections

Thursday, 8th April 2010.

Because no one wants to rent new shops at Hanchet End, plans have come forward to turn another one of them into a takeaway - but residents are protesting again.

Three shops were built as part of a new complex which includes a residential care home in Hanchett Village.

Despite strong opposition from neighbours, one of them was turned into Domino's Pizza, and now there is a plan for a second to take the same route.

Haverhill Town Council planning committee meeting this week was told by clerk Gordon Mussett the developers had had no interest at all from anyone wanting to rent them as shops because they had no road frontage.

However, there had been interest from takeaways - including a Chinese and a fish and chop shop.

The same hours would apply as was set out for any hops on the site, 7am to 11pm. Mr Mussett said traffic generated was not likely to be any more than for a shop.

But Cllr Margaret Marks said whereas Domino's delivered their products, a takeaway would involve people turning up to collect individually, which would increase traffic noise.

Town mayor Cllr Elaine McManus said: "Residents in the area object profusely against this. They are concerned about traffic danger and that a child may be knocked over."

Other councillors did not oppose the plan, feeling it would not have any greater effect than a shop, and would be better than a shop early in the morning.

Members voted four in favour and four against, so chairman Paul McManus used his casting vote to object. "I think we ought to make an objection in order to make clear the views of people in that area," he said.

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Haverhill, UKPosted by Beefeater at 11:17AM on 8th April, 2010. (87.112.xxx.xxx)

I can fully understand the feelings of the local residents even though I don't live at Hanchett end. I live along Withersfield Road and the litter that is dumped in people's gardens all started off life in the take-away shops in Queen Street and the High Street. I complain about lack of litter bins but nothing is done about it. For Mrs Marks to believe that all take-aways are collected by cars or individuals and taken home to eat is very naive of her, and if these plans are approved the local residents will see an increase in litter and hear cars and loud music late into the night.

I am convinced that St Edmundsbury councillors, such as Mrs Marks husband, walk around in blinkers because litter is everywhere in Haverhill and it's mainly all of the 'take-away' variety.

I am so sick of the take-away litter that fills up my front garden that I will collect it and dump it in the reception area of West Suffolk House as a protest and hopefully I will be able to interest a local reporter to witness it.

 

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