Grot spot take away plan set to be rejected

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PROPOSALS for a takeaway restaurant in the middle of a trouble hot spot are set to be rejected by the council.

The mineral line in Eden Vale, Sunderland, has proved a constant source of aggravation for people living in the area due to gangs of youths gathering there.

As a result, the area is set for a major revamp.

A council planning report, which will be considered next week, recommends the application for the takeaway, in Eden House Road, is turned down because it will result in “unacceptable levels of disturbance to nearby residential properties”.

It says this would be caused by “the comings and goings of customers and their vehicles, which will extend into late evening periods”.

The council has also received a number of letters of complaint and a petition with 105 signatures on it against the proposed restaurant.

Some of the objections raised by neighbours include fears it will lead to antisocial behaviour and an increase in noise, disturbance and traffic.

The residents also said they were worried about smells, the amount of litter and the effect on house prices.

Plans for the mineral line, estimated to cost £21,000, will see stretches of a wall removed near to Eden House Road and Beachville Street and the footpath moved back from its current location near the buildings on Durham Road.

The gradient will also be made steeper and the path made 1.5 metres lower, preventing gangs from seeing into the houses.

When the plan was first announced Councillor Peter Gibson, chairman of the West Area Committee, said: “We have been working closely with residents, the police and community partners to look at ways of addressing problems of antisocial behaviour on the mineral line at Eden Vale.

“These changes will reduce the attraction of the area as a gathering point, restrict the number of people able to congregate there and, taken with increased policing and youth provision, will help reduce antisocial behaviour and noise levels.

“The work will be funded through the West Area Committee’s Strategic Investment Plan.”

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