AN application to convert a West Quay hairdressers into a late-night chicken takeaway was rejected by just one vote at Sedgemoor council’s development committee.
The committee voted against the plan by 6 to 5 with two abstentions.
Cllr Brian Smedley (Lab, Westover) said that the measures attempting to deal with waste management had only heightened fears in relation to fire risk and the result would still be a noisy late-night takeaway with maximum impact to an area already plagued by anti-social behaviour.
He also said it would fly in the face of plans to enhance the West Quay pedestrian zone.
The original application was proposed by Cllr Tony Grimes (Con, Berrow) who said: “All the other premises have the same fire risk so it’s no different.”
He was seconded by Cllr Alistair Hendry (Con, Burnham Central) who said: “There’s always a fire risk, that’s the way it is, move on.”
Cllr Kathy Pearce (Lab, Westover) led the counter argument saying: “There are major issues with this application including late night noise disturbance, anti-social behaviour and these will all be exacerbated. This is not the right application for this shop.”
Cllr Li Gibson (Lab, Eastover) said “This will be a nightmare for residents with cars parking all over the place and on yellow lines like they do outside the other takeaways in town and they already don’t respect the pedestrianisation on West Quay so this will just make it worse.”
Cllr Bill Revans (LibDem, North Petherton) said: “I object to this proposal on grounds of fire safety and anti-social behaviour. It also fails to enhance this part of Bridgwater alongside the River Parrett.”