Pizza plans are topping our poll

Pizza giants Papa John's have won the thumbs-up from readers over plans to open up shop in South Shields.
Pizza giants Papa John's have won the thumbs-up from readers over plans to open up shop in South Shields.

A  pizza giant’s bid to set up shop on a fast food hotspot in South Tyneside has won a hefty serving of support from Gazette readers.

Plans have been submitted by Papa John’s for a new takeaway next to existing McDonald’s and Burger King outlets on Newcastle Road in South Shields.

The pizza chain would be located in the car park of the Burger King drive-thru – just meters away from it’s competitor, which opened its doors at the start of the year.

South Tyneside Council are objecting to the proposals as part of their long-term vision to create a healthier borough – and tackle South Tyneside’s obesity crisis.

But more than 90% of readers who took part in a Gazette poll believe the pizza plans should be given the go-ahead.

Robert Ambrose wrote on the Gazette’s Facebook page; “We need it in the town centre, there are plenty of empty buildings.”

But not everyone feels the new addition would be a recipe for success.

Ryan Carr stated: “It’s a joke just with Burger King with the traffic. You might be able to get a garden shed on there, but that’s about it.”