A DENTIST is calling on councillors to pull the plug on a bid for a proposed takeaway.
South Tyneside Council’s planning committee is considering an application to convert a former post office at The Nook in South Shields into a fast-food outlet.
The old post office is located below a dental practice in Prince Edward Road run by Yousoof Nojib.
And Mr Nojib told the committee this week that odours and noises coming from takeaway would disturb his patients, many of whom are already nervous.
He said: “I am merely thinking of my patients’ safety. We try to relax them the best we can, but these odours and noises would disturb them.
“A strong smell of cooking will be noticeable in the surgery and would require us to keep the windows closed, which would be particularly unpleasant in the summer.”
His view was shared by Coun Peter Boyack, a ward councillor for Whitburn and Marsden.
He said: “I wouldn’t like to take my grandchildren to the dentist there with the smell from downstairs. It’s certainly something I couldn’t agree with.” Chairman Coun John Wood, of Beacon and Bents, added: “Anybody going to the dentist does have fears, does have reservations.
“No one likes to see the dentist’s chair, and you get that sickly feeling, and I think this would enhance it with the dentist above where there is cooking below.
“I’m just concerned that every time a building becomes empty in South Tyneside, someone wants to jump in and put a takeaway there.
“It’s starting to get a bit out of hand. I think we have enough cafeterias in the borough.
“The planners have no objection to this in planning terms, but I do have objections on humanitarian grounds.”
Coun Fay Cunningham, of the Bede ward in Jarrow, said that if the application was granted, rigorous restrictions on cooking odours and noise levels would need to be imposed.
Members agreed that council officers should visit the application site and report back to the committee before a final decision is made.