FED-UP neighbours are fighting plans for another eaterie in their community.
Saiful Adli Abdullah has applied to Sunderland City Council to change a property on St Luke’s Terrace, Pallion, “from retail to hot food takeaway/cafe restaurant”.
People living near the site say that there already plenty of hot food outlets in the street, and if successful, it would be an unwanted addition.
However, Mr Adli Abdullah says he intends to use the premises as a cafe, open only during the day, and will offer a “new experience” for people.
Susan Adamson, chairwoman of Barnes, Pallion and Millfield Residents’ Association, said: “The residents are just fed up of takeaways.
“There are already 11 different types, including Greggs and Subway, and we’d like to see ordinary shops brought back.”
Mrs Adamson added that noise from cars visiting takeaways and the litter they bring are making St Luke’s Terrace and the surrounding area a less attractive place to live.
“The complaints we are getting is the litter and, of course, the extra volume of cars,” she said.
“The shops should be responsible for their own litter, mind.
“We beg the councillors to refuse this application.”
Millfield councillor Paul Dixon said: “I am in the process now of encouraging residents and residents’ groups to object.
“I have also set a petition up in a local shop in Pallion to gain further support.
“If residents want to sign the petition they can do so at the Community Shop in St Luke’s Terrace.
“At a quick count, we already have 14 takeaway shops along St Luke’s Terrace, and if we allow more takeaways, we will never reverse this trend and once again have a vibrant local shopping parade.”
However, Mr Adli Abdullah says that his intention is to use the premises as a cafe, serving Malaysian food and staying open until 6pm daily.
“It’s going to be a cafe and we are planning just to open during the daytime,” he said.
“There are a lot of takeaways anyway in the street. This will be a new experience for people.”
Residents have until May 27 to raise any objections to the proposal, which is set to be heard by full committee on June 28.