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Agent behind St John's takeaway plans
10:00am Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
THE agent behind plans to convert a card shop into a fast-food takeaway has spoken in support of the proposals.
Colchester councillors gave the go ahead last week for Celebrations, in St Christopher Road, to reopen as a fast-food takeaway in spite of strong opposition from nearby residents.
Residents had hoped the premises could be used as a green grocers or a shoe repair shop.
But a spokesman for agent Direct Planning said: “If residents feel so strongly about opposing a fast-food outlet, they should look again and see what else would be suitable for that area.
“This is the only suitable business for the premises.”
He added: “Tesco, for example, is basically taking away any hope of another small green grocer or something like a butcher.
“That is what is happening all over the country, not just in Colchester.”
Plans to convert the premises will start “immediately”.
The spokesman would not divulge what food will be served by the new outlet. but in the past, Direct Planning has acted for Papa John’s Pizza, Dominos Pizza, KFC and Pizza GoGo.
Residents’ main concerns surround noise and smell from the new outlet, which must have extractor fans fitted before it can open.