Takeaway objectors leave it too late to complain

RESIDENTS who are up in arms about a new takeaway opening in Hucknall face disappointment — after leaving it too late to complain.

Plans for the business at the former Watnall News shop at the junction of Watnall Road and Mosley Street have been given the green light by Ashfield District Council.

The Dispatch has learned that more than 40 concerned households are against the scheme. They feature on a list that has been compiled by Costas Kyratzis, who runs the Atlantis Fish Bar, which is also on Watnall Road.

But there is nothing they can do because the formal planning process is complete and the go-ahead has been given for conversion from a shop to hot-food takeaway.

The Dispatch understands it will sell everything from fish and chips to curries and kebabs.

Mr Kyratzis, who has been in business in Hucknall for five years, said: “The residents do not want this. They are worried that there will be smells and there will be parking problems.

“Watnall Road is already very busy and this will only make things worse.”

A resident of nearby Truman Drive, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I completely object to this takeaway. We have too many in the area already.

“I have been approached by a vast number of residents who feel the same way.”

Mr Kyratzis did get in touch with Coun Trevor Locke (Lab), a Hucknall member of Ashfield District Council, last week. But it was too late for Coun Locke to ‘call in’ the application so it could be discussed by elected members at a meeting of the council’s planning committee.

Instead the application was signed off by a council officer under delegated powers.

Said Coun Locke: “I always try to do my best for the people but this came too late. I can see their point. There are a lot of takeaways in that area.”