Former mayor vows to fight plans for new Shildon takeaway

The Advertiser Series: PLANNING CONCERNS: The Jubilee Fields Training Centre which could house a take-away. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT PLANNING CONCERNS: The Jubilee Fields Training Centre which could house a take-away. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

PLANS to create a takeaway in a former Shildon working men’s club have been criticised over claims that the town has enough fast food outlets.

A scheme has been lodged with Durham County Council seeking approval to convert the old Jubilee Fields Working Men’s Club.

Applicant North East Property Developments, of Newcastle, wants to create two retail units, a takeaway and a storage unit.

But the plans have stirred up anger amongst some residents.

Councillor Peter Quinn, a former mayor of Shildon and the current deputy leader of Shildon Town Council, said he is "totally opposed" to the plan.

He said: “I am going to fight this as there is no way that we are going to have this. We want shops in Shildon to attract people, not more takeaways.”

Since the working men’s club closed the building on Jubilee Road, called the Jubilee Fields Training Centre, was the base of S&D Training.

It is empty now but located next to the Jubilee Fields Community Centre.

A spokesman for the community centre said: “We get funding to promote healthy eating so it would have been better if it had been something other than a takeaway.

“There is a fish and chip shop on the estate already plus loads of takeaways on Church Street.”

Joanne Harwood, of Jubilee Road, has written to the county council to oppose the plan.

She said: “There are already numerous, in access of ten, hot food outlets within walking distance locally as well as other shops and supermarkets all selling hot foods.

“How can this warrant yet another fast food outlet when we as society are supposed to be promoting healthy living and lifestyles but then sanctioning yet another fast/junk food outlet?”

She also has concerns about the takeaway attracting anti-social youngsters.

The site is 0.17 hectares in size and the plans will create 20 jobs if they are approved.

It is expected that the shops will open between 7am and 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 6pm on Saturdays.

The take-away element will open seven days a week between 5pm and 11pm.

Shildon Chamber of Trade declined to comment until its members had studied the plans.

Michael Pittuck, agent for the applicant, said: “The client is looking to get four new uses into that building.

“We drew up a plan for the building which spilt it to the client’s needs. I’m not sure what the client’s intentions are for the site exactly.”

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11:40pm Wed 30 Jul 14

reasoned view says...

I think it would be good to have a takeaway there. I cant get to the main street for my food as my motobility scooter has an old battery, and runs out. I support this proposal. How much will curry sauce and chips be?
I think it would be good to have a takeaway there. I cant get to the main street for my food as my motobility scooter has an old battery, and runs out. I support this proposal. How much will curry sauce and chips be? reasoned view
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11:13am Thu 31 Jul 14

DaisyBear says...

One notes that no one is suggesting that there are too many working men in Shildon. Another town getting fat on benefits.
One notes that no one is suggesting that there are too many working men in Shildon. Another town getting fat on benefits. DaisyBear
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12:18pm Thu 31 Jul 14

cholmes005 says...

The town don't need any more takeaways just aint the business especially in that area why already has a decent chippy just down road
The town don't need any more takeaways just aint the business especially in that area why already has a decent chippy just down road cholmes005
  • Score: 2

8:35am Fri 1 Aug 14

Equity1 says...

Brave person even contemplating a business in that location .Drove that way in error- cars driving around far too fast no seat belts using phones - never saw a police car but not really surprised ! I appreciate cops cannot be every where - but really where are they ? Probably huddled up in Shildon police busy with paper work ! Ok then .
Brave person even contemplating a business in that location .Drove that way in error- cars driving around far too fast no seat belts using phones - never saw a police car but not really surprised ! I appreciate cops cannot be every where - but really where are they ? Probably huddled up in Shildon police busy with paper work ! Ok then . Equity1
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