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A PIZZA takeaway has confirmed it will be opening a new store in Stubbington – sparking anger from local residents who feel they were not properly consulted.

Some residents feel that the takeaway, a franchise of Domino’s Pizza, will spoil the village feel and attract the wrong kind of people to the heart of the village late at night.

Domino’s had attempted to open a store in Stubbington in 2010 but had to pull out after it was met with opposition from residents. It had originally wanted to move into a shop that did not have any parking.

The new application will see the chain move into the former Imperial Garden Chinese restaurant on Stubbington Green.

Stubbington ward UKIP candidate Christopher Wood said: ‘Our traditional, locally-owned shops characterise our village. This would be a blight on everything which is unique about Stubbington as well as increase litter, loitering, traffic noise and encourage unhealthy eating.

But Stubbington ward councillor Jim Forrest said: ‘I don’t think it is fair to say that Domino’s will attract troublemakers as most of the trade will be home deliveries.’

He added: ‘I have nothing against Domino’s personally but I do feel that this is a big loss to Stubbington. The loss of the Imperial Garden means the village loses a place to have a sit-down meal.’

The planning application was passed by Fareham Borough Council in August, when a large number of councillors, including Cllr Forrest, were on holiday.

Pauline Longhurst, 70, of Harold Road, Stubbington, said: ‘You rely on the councillors to protect you from this sort of thing.

‘What’s going to be next? A tattoo parlour? A pornographic magazine shop? It’s not what we want for the village.

‘It’s in a dangerous place, on a corner, and it will cause a lot of noise and aggro that we don’t need. What benefit is it going to be to anyone?’

A spokesman for Domino’s Pizza said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing our franchise to the area and will be gearing up to open our doors this summer.’

The store will employ around 25 people, a mix of part time and full time, and will open daily from 10am to 11pm.