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Too many cooks spoil the town!

PUBLISHED: 19:49 09 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

STRUGGLING fast-food outlets and restaurants in Felixstowe say allowing another takeaway to open in the town centre could force some to close.

Business owners say the resort is at saturation point and has a great range of places to eat – but one more could be the straw which breaks the camel's back.

STRUGGLING fast-food outlets and restaurants in Felixstowe say allowing another takeaway to open in the town centre could force some to close.

Business owners say the resort is at saturation point and has a great range of places to eat – but one more could be the straw which breaks the camel's back.

There are more than 15 places to get a meal in and around Hamilton Road, the town's main shopping street, and many of these are under great pressure with competition keen between them all.

Now another is set to open after Gannesh Ponniah received planning permission – subject to satisfying environmental health officers on certain matters – to turn a shop into a takeaway in Hamilton Road.

Mr Ponniah is taking over the premises of the former newsagent which was run by Peter Wheatley, who retired and closed the business earlier this year.

Suffolk Coastal council's south area development control sub committee received a petition signed by seven takeaway and restaurant establishments.

They claimed there was no need for further premises which would add unnecessary pressure to those already struggling and could force closures, but the

council said competition with other outlets was not a planning consideration.

One businessman, who asked not to be named, said: "I don't like to see empty shops but I couldn't believe it when I heard it was going to be another takeaway – there is one two doors down and another opposite! We don't need any more.

"The choice in Felixstowe is excellent for food, especially takeaways, and I cannot believe anyone believes there is enough extra trade out there to make a living.

"I have noticed trade dropping off in the past few months, and it is difficult. Market forces will decide which takeaways survive and which don't, but I don't like to see anyone lose their business."

Councillors decided the 1960s-built two-storey premises, which have offices on the first floor, were a suitable location for a takeaway.

But they agreed officers should only grant permission if details are provided of a suitable odour extraction system to be installed and which will take away all food aromas, not just up to 90 per cent of smells. Potential problems with drainage and storage and disposal of waste also need to be overcome.


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