Restaurant set to create 33 jobs in town

FELIXSTOWE: Thirty-three new full-time and part-time jobs will be created by the opening of a pizza takeaway on Felixstowe seafront.

Dominos Pizza Group Ltd is seeking permission to use an old amusement arcade opposite the leisure centre in Undercliff Road West for the outlet – but nearby residents have voiced concerns that it could increase anti-social behaviour.

Six households have objected to the proposal, but councillors are set to give it the go-ahead tomorrow.

A report to councillors says Dominos want to open from 9am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 11pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The venture would create eight full-time jobs and 25 part-time jobs.

Residents though fear allowing another fast food outlet on the seafront would increase anti-social behaviour in an area which already suffers from noise from late night revellers.

People living on South Hill are also concerned about smells from fried food and say five extraction flues on the roofs of other existing takeaway food outlets give off noxious fumes.

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Other concerns include lack of parking for employees and customers.

Suffolk Coastal’s south area development control sub committee is recommended to approve the change of use but opening hours would be 9am to 10pm Mondays to Saturdays and 10am to 6pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.

“It is unlikely that an additional food outlet in the area would result in an increase of anti-social behaviour,” said planning officer Carl Allen.

“Regarding increasing litter, the boxed pizzas would be either collected by the customer for consumption away from the site or delivered to the customer’s home, so it is considered unlikely that the proposal would increase litter in the area.”

He said there were two public car parks nearby, so parking should not be a problem, and the area was well served with public transport so workers would not need to use their own vehicles.