Shop owners have hit out at plans for a fish and chip shop to be built on a fashionable shopping street in Roath.
More than 500 people have signed a petition against plans for the takeaway establishment to open on Wellfield Road. Retailers on the street have expressed their opposition to the application.
Jaymin Patel, owner of Seven Clothing which is next door to the proposed unit, said supplementary planning guidance recommends no more than 20 per cent of A3 property use for Wellfield Road. This percentage has already been exceeded.
“Wellfield Road does not need another eatery. It looks as though the council are going to grant it though.”
Mr Patel said he was also concerned about the smell a fish and chip shop would create and the effect this would have on his stock and trade.
Philip Dite, owner of Bentleys Café, added: “There are already a legion of eating establishments in the area all getting crippled by non-domestic council tax charges that are stretching all businesses to breaking point.”
In a written objection, Plasnewydd councilor Mary McGarry said: “The businesses next door to the premises have expressed concern about the smell produced by the cooking of fish and chips. This could adversely affect their businesses.
“The street already suffers from excess street rubbish. There are not enough bins and there are already several take-away very close by. The litter from chip shops is well known to be considerable and it will only make matters worse.”