Neighbours angry about takeaway application ‘should move somewhere nicer’, says site owner

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The man behind a planning application for a takeaway says critical neighbours should “move somewhere nicer” than Staple Hill High Street.

Some 110 objections have been made to the application for a takeaway on the former site of charity shop PAWS, Bristol Livereported on January 17.

The comments expressed concerns over “disgusting” fast food smells in the area and Staple Hill being viewed as a place to “get drunk and grab a kebab on the way home”.

Now the applicant Erkan Cil has hit back at the community’s reaction, saying: “I have been really upset about it.”

The 40-year-old, who is also landlord of High Street’s Café Oasis, is unhappy with the objection that Staple Hill could become “takeaway city”.

High Street is already home to Curry Supreme, China China, Marmariz Kebab & Pizza House, Curry Centre, Star Fish Bar and Miss Millies Fried Chicken.

But Mr Cil, of Mangotsfield, said: “If they don’t want it smelly or noisy, they need to move somewhere nicer, or go somewhere quiet like the countryside.”

‘My priority is getting the rent on time’

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Ercan Cil outside the site of former PAWS charity shop on Staple Hill High Street (Image: BristolLive)

Mr Cil, who bought the PAWS site a month ago, put in the application for a change of use from shop to takeaway because he feels there is “always demand” for fast food in Staple Hill.

He added: “I never said it would be a kebab place. I would be open to renting to a retailer or whatever – I just want someone in who will earn the money to pay the rent.

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“I am willing to listen to people’s suggestions for a business. My priority is getting the rent on time.

“The last thing I want is the business closing down and me having to pay the mortgage on an empty building.”

He also took aim at “stupid” fears that children could be tempted into buying unhealthy food from the business on the route to Christ Church Junior School on Pendennis Road.

Mr Cil said: “People have a brain. If they want to buy, they will go and buy. They know what is good and what is bad.”

‘They are like mushrooms’

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(Image: Michael Lloyd Photography)

The landlord pointed out a McDonald’s branch launched in Fishponds Road in November despite 1,667 people signing a petition against it.

Mr Cil said: “I wouldn’t let my kids eat there and it’s not healthy, but the council didn’t stop that opening did they?”

The McDonald’s plans were approved by Bristol City Council, while Mr Cil has submitted an application to South Gloucestershire Council.

He added: “These fast food places are everywhere. They are like mushrooms – no one can stop them. When they want to open, they open.”

Mr Cil said he would prefer a healthier restaurant to trade in the former PAWS building if possible.

“As a family man, I would like to have somewhere with fresher food, not frozen microwave things,” he continued.

Mr Cil also addressed concerns the upper floor could be turned into a Home in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

He said: “They are ordinary flats and that’s how they’ve always been. There will be family tenants moving in.”

‘Should not be allowed’

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Staple Hill Councillor Ian Boulton outside PAWS in Staple Hill High Street (Image: Michael Lloyd Photography)

Among the critics of the application was Staple Hill Councillor Ian Boulton.

He said: “This unit is in the super output area with the highest levels of deprivation in the whole of South Gloucestershire.

“The current local poor health outcomes in this locality has been designated as a priority neighbourhood by South Gloucestershire Council and its strategic partners.

“To allow the creation of yet another fast food outlet in an area already well served by takeaway shops will be in conflict with the council’s own objectives for its priority neighbourhoods.

“The unfettered conversion of units into fast food outlets is irreparably harming the character of our town centre and should not be allowed to continue unabated.”

You can get in touch with Mr Cil with a business idea for the site by calling 07401922225. He says rent is negotiable.

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