Takeaway plans a hot potato on Staveley street

Sandra Spyra is one of a number of residents on Wharf Lane in Staveley opposed to the takeaway plans. Picture by Anne Shelley.
Sandra Spyra is one of a number of residents on Wharf Lane in Staveley opposed to the takeaway plans. Picture by Anne Shelley.

Residents are rallying against controversial plans for a takeaway on their street.

Doncaster-based businessman Omer Bagatirlar is seeking planning permission from Chesterfield Borough Council to transform 1C Wharf Lane in Staveley into a takeaway.

The building has been empty for a year and was formerly a bookshop.

Speaking on behalf of concerned residents on the street, Sandra Spyra, 56, of Wharf Lane, said: “A lot of people are really worried about this plan and don’t want to see it go-ahead.

“People are concerned about a lot of things – there’s likely to be an increase in noise, litter and smells.

“Perhaps the biggest concern is congestion.

“It’s already a busy enough road as it is without any extra cars – and there would be a lot more vehicles if we get this takeaway.”

Documentation about the plan on the Chesterfield Borough Council website includes a number of objection letters from residents.

Sybil Norton said: “There are already too many fast food outlets in the area.

“Surely there has to be a limit on how many one town needs.

“Health issues linked to fast food should be taken into account as they have an impact on other services such as local doctors.

“No mention has been made of intended opening hours but more than likely they will be open till late at night with engines revving and car doors banging. All the noise and associated potential anti-social behaviour should not have to be tolerated on a quite residential street.”

Another unnamed resident said: “Wharf Lane is a residential street. Citing a hot food takeaway on Wharf Lane would devalue those properties.”

Applicant Mr Bagatirlar has so far not responded to requests for a comment.