OBJECTORS fear a South Shields shopping area could become a “second Ocean Road” if councillors give a stamp of approval to plans to turn a former post office into a takeaway.
Members of South Tyneside Council’s planning committee will next week be recommended to approve plans for the hot food outlet in Prince Edward Road at Harton Nook.
But a 16-name petition objecting to the plans has been put together by residents of nearby Prince Edward Road and South Avenue.
The proposed takeaway, believed to be intending to serve Indian food, would open from 5.30pm to 11pm on weekdays and Sundays, and from 5.30pm to 12.30am on Saturdays.
Residents say there are already enough takeaways at The Nook and claim it is beginning to resemble Ocean Road, home to dozens of restaurants and takeaways.
They also fear the outlet would encourage students at nearby Harton Technology College to gather there and would create more competition for existing businesses.
One complainant said: “The Nook is going to end up like Frederick Street, with only charity shops and takeaways.
“We don’t want The Nook to become a second Ocean Road. The area needs quality businesses like a post office, not another hot food outlet.”
Coun Neil Maxwell said: “We really don’t need another takeaway at the Nook.
“For such a small stretch of shops, there’s a very high proportion serving just food. We need a bigger range of alternative businesses.”
A report to the committee says: “It is considered that due to the existing mix of evening uses close to the application site, the proposed use would not result in a significant increase in evening activity.”
The planning committee meets at South Shields Town Hall from 10am on Monday.