Fish and chip shop bid refused by council

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PLANS for a new fish and chip shop in the centre of Leigh Park were refused by councillors.

Havant Borough Council’s planning committee discussed the scheme to convert an empty shop into a fish and chip takeaway in Greywell Road.

Battins ward councillor Faith Ponsonby pleaded with the committee to vote against the application.

She said Leigh Park was in danger of becoming ‘takeaways, charity shops and very little else’.

The shop has families living in maisonettes above it.

Cllr Ponsonby said: ‘The residents are concerned about fire risk and the insurance costs of the takeaway down below.’

She said Leigh Park needed more shops to bring people in.

Cllr Cyril Hilton, who sits on the committee, said: ‘It’s a choice between an empty shop and a fish and chip shop.’

But councillors were worried about cooking odours affecting residents’ lives.

Four voted to refuse the plan, with two councillors for it.