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Concerns raised over updated plans for hot food takeaway in Deepdale

Posted on - 3rd November, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, Food & Drink, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, Takeaways
Takeaway by Preston North End Pic: Google
The takeaway has been closed for 10 years Pic: Google

Concerns have been raised over the proposed hot food takeaway near Preston North End premises.

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A new planning application submitted to Preston City Council requests change of hours for the business to operate from 5pm to 10pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 10am to 10pm.

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The applicant Mr S Ismail, previously requested the hot food takeaway to stay open between 11.30am to 9.30pm seven days a week, but this has been changed due to the regulation of not operating while being within a 400 metre walking distance of a school.

The updated plan has caused concerns and uproar with nearby residents, as majority of children from the Muslim community in the area attend after-school religious classes between the hours of 5pm and 7pm in an educational facility.

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Other issues brought up such as littering and food rubbish have been mentioned in a previous article as well as the petition against the proposed development.

One person said: “Deepdale residents opened the petition for a simple reason because of drugs, and if they open a takeaway, young boys will do drugs even more as they’ve got something to eat and chill with at the same time in the car park.”

“But that’s not the point we are making to the council, right now the major issue is because of schools they’ve changed the opening to 5pm instead of 10am in the morning, that doesn’t resolve the question, as Muslim children go to mosque around that time, that’s defeating the object anyway.

“The residents are in an uproar.”

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A representative for Lancashire County Council, pointed out hazards in a consultation response and what measures should be in place to tackle them, if plans to open the takeaway go ahead.

Kandola Gurmal, said: “There is a wide footway fronting the application site, which if not protected, will be subjected to customer and delivery vehicles mounting the kerbs and parking directly outside the takeaway.

“There is a bus stop fronting the application site and a busy junction close by (Parkside with Deepdale Road) which must be protected against any deviating vehicle movements generated by the takeaway, which could cause disruption to other highway users and affect the operation of the highway.”

“Therefore some form of physical restrictions are required along the footway to prevent driver’s from mounting the kerbline towards the takeaway. The mitigation measures should start from the junction of Bill Shankly Crescent/ Parkside and continue around to the junction of Parkside with Deepdale Road.”

You can view the full proposals on the Preston City Council website.

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