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Man set to appeal after Workington takeaway plan is thrown out

An appeal will be made against a decision by Allerdale councillors to throw out plans to turn a Workington laundrette into a takeaway.

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AGAINST: Coun Joe Holliday was worried about traffic problems

Mehdi Samadi, of Whitehaven, had applied to change the use of the laundrette at Harrington Road into a pizza/burger takeaway.

The plans were recommended for approval by Allerdale council planning officers, but 18 councillors voted on Tuesday to refuse the application, with one abstention, at the council’s development panel.

Councillors refused the plans on grounds of increased traffic and concern over highway and pedestrian safety.

Mr Samadi confirmed on Wednesday that he planned to appeal against the decision.

Councillor Joe Holliday believed the proposed takeaway would add to traffic problems at the Mason Street junction.

He said: “It’s a very, very busy junction. It’s one of the busiest in Workington by far.”

He added that the takeaway would make the problem of cars parking on double yellows around Harrington Road much worse.

Coun Nicky Cockburn raised concern about the proposed takeaway’s proximity to St Joseph’s High School and the negative impact it would have on pupils’ healthy eating.

Coun Carole Armstrong was worried that the proposed opening time of 3pm on weekdays would clash with the school’s finishing time at 3.15pm.

The council received 13 letters of objection to the proposals.

Paul Broughton, of Harrington Road, wrote: “It will bring a negative vibe and have a detrimental effect not only on the value of my home but also on the local community.

“Within the last 12 months there was nothing short of a rat infestation which I was left to sort out myself. Given the fact food would be present, I dread to think that they would return.”

The Harrington Road Laundrette is open as normal.

Have your say

Cool its now open

Posted by alan on 31 December 2014 at 16:28

I live up the road from the old launderette and my grandmother used to work there and I do agree that it's a rather unsuitable place in terms of parking.

I believe this would be the most detrimental effect, however, since there is a co-op and a deli less than 2 minutes away which also sell their fair share of unhealthy foods.

Posted by Jamie on 18 January 2013 at 15:48

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