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Plans for Indian takeaway in Millom spark traders' protest

A FAST food boss believes plans for a new Indian restaurant could drive him out of business.

Scurrah newsagents to become an Indian take away. HOWARD SHIMMIN REF: 0496885

May and Gilbert Scurrah want to transform M Scurrah’s newsagents in Wellington Street, Millom, into an Indian takeaway, but a number of neighbouring businesses are opposed to the scheme.

Mark Bronitt, who runs Mr Wok’s Thai Orchid, a Chinese and Indian takeaway, said: “The loss of earnings due to another takeaway opening may even lead to our businesses closing with the loss of three or four jobs.”

Mr Bronitt lives next door to the newsagents with his wife, and says the plan is already causing him sleepless nights.

He said: “I must protest strongly against this. As the nearest neighbours, living besides such an establishment will have a great impact on my wife and me.

“The potential of increased pest attraction to the area is a worry to me, with the extra accumulation of waste from the kitchen and in the summer an increase in the smell from this waste material which would be adjacent to our front entrance, their backdoor.

“The impact that this proposal will have on my wife and myself would cause us great difficulties, and probably, ultimately, financially, as then we would have to find somewhere else to live and then go through all the problems of moving. Already this has caused me sleepless nights with worry.”

Jill Mackie, of J K Mackie General Builders in Lapstone Road, said: “This property is situated four doors down Wellington Street from the back of my home. There is already a pizza shop directly opposite the back of my home. While we in Millom are keen to encourage new business and to see shops occupied, I don’t think that Millom needs another takeaway food outlet.

“I am very concerned about the fact that if this application is granted we will have increased smalls/ noise and rubbish.

“Understandably the vendors will be keen to sell with planning permission but at the end of the day they will not be living close by and having to put up with the adverse effects on our daily lives.”

More than 40 residents and businesses have objected to the application to change the use of M Scurrah newsagents. Six letters of objections and a petition have been submitted to Copeland Borough Council, which is in charge of granting the application.

The shop is also a listed building and is only two doors away from a fast food pizza takeaway.

The owners of the newsagents, borough councillor Gilbert Scurrah, and his wife May, must also apply for a licence for the takeaway before any plans can go ahead.

Mrs Scurrah did not wish to comment. M. Scurrah’s celebrated its 50th birthday in February.

The small store sells magazines, sweets, birthday cards, art supplies and decorative goods and has seen off larger competitors such as the Cooperative and Safeway. It is now closing due to a drop in trade.

The result of the application will be decided at a borough council planning committee meeting on September 16.

Have your say

If you have a loyal customer base then it shouldn't be a worry for you. However, if their food is better...

Sounds like someone is scared of a bit of healthy competition.

Posted by Annie on 19 February 2010 at 15:43

Such is the nature of free-market capitalism, some people win, some people lose. But at the end of the day, it's the only economic system to generate proper prosperity in a nation, and for that, we should realise how lucky we are.

Posted by Danny on 8 December 2009 at 18:04

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