Concerns there are too many restaurants in Southsea

Councillor Linda Symes
Councillor Linda Symes
Sue Ball

Law expert speaks after controversial new ruling

  • Landowner seeks to turn home of car retailer into restaurant
  • Staff say they will have to move
  • Concerns over parking and late night noise
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CONCERNS have been raised the introduction of another restaurant will be ‘one too many’ in Southsea.

Senior Tory councillor Linda Symes has spoken out about a bid to redevelop the current home of Southsea Motor Factors, on the corner of Grove Road South and Merton Road.

There are so many eateries in the area now, we are in danger of it being proliferation. Competition is great, but this would one too many.

Portsmouth Tory councillor Linda Symes

Should the plans go ahead, the car retailer will have to move, say staff.

A petition has been signed by 61 concerned residents. According to a council report, there are already 50 restaurants in the area, and that is plenty.

There are fears over parking, late-night noise, litter and how close it will be to homes.

Cllr Symes, who will argue her case in front of the council’s planning committee at a meeting on Wednesday, said: ‘Restaurants outnumber the shops.

‘Outside the prominent shopping area, most of the area is typified by day-time eateries.

‘This is very close to residential properties, it also concerns me there is nowhere near for delivery lorries to park and unload.

‘There are so many eateries in the area now, we are in danger of it being proliferation. Competition is great, but this would be one too many.’

Couple Jane and Allan Smith, who live opposite in Grove Road South, plan to raise their concerns to the committee.

Mrs Smith said: ‘We feel this is a totally inappropriate situation.

‘We agree with the fact the place is a bit run-down and has gone down a lot in the past two or three years, and it will be nice to see it done up a bit, but we don’t see this as the right way of doing so.

‘There are always problems with parking and there are a lot of other restaurants in Southsea anyway.’

Martin Critchley Architects has submitted the application on behalf of the property owner. Neither party was available for comment.