Takeaways 'monopoly' fear as 18th fast-food outlet plan is revealed
A PETITION has been launched against plans for an 18th takeaway in the heart of Alvaston after councillors said the fast food industry held a "monopoly" over the area.
David Brown, of Iron Gate firm Aston Investments, has applied to Derby City Council for permission to open a takeaway in the former HSBC Bank in Shardlow Road.
Alvaston's three councillors have written to the authority to object, saying there are already too many.
Councillor Linda Winter launched a petition against the proposal at the weekend, gathering more than 100 signatures in a brief period.
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She said: "The people... were absolutely amazed that another takeaway is even being considered. Residents have told me they don't want any more takeaways. It means that, if you go into the district centre in the morning, you'll find a lot of it is shut because the takeaways are only open at night. It also means there's an increase in trouble and litter at night.
"We're trying to regenerate the area. Hot-food takeaways have their place but not this many. It's not giving the district centre a nice feel."
Councillor Paul Bayliss wrote to planners to complain about Alvaston's centre "being seriously compromised by the conversion of the shopping area in to a hot-food shop monopoly".
His letter states: "We have reached the point that any further hot-food shops will fatally affect the viability and mixed retail economy of the shopping area. Having a mono-culture of hot-food shops is not good for a district centre and we have to strike a balance."
Alvaston resident Lucy Edwards, 37, of Alvaston Street, said: "I can't understand it. Why would you choose to open a takeaway where there are already so many? There's so much competition."
Craig Edmundson, 21, of Thorndike Avenue, said: "If people don't like them, they should stop going to them. The only reason there's so many is because people are keeping them in business."
Peter Elkes, 40, of Chellaston, said: "Eighteen does seem very excessive."
No-one from Aston Investments was available for comment.