Mixed reaction to seafront restaurant
PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 June 2011
'UNNECESSARY', an 'eyesore' and 'far too big' - just some of the comments made about a proposed pizza restaurant for Weston's seafront in a volley objections.
Several letters have been sent to North Somerset Council opposing the planning application to replace the former Tourist Information Centre with the circular-shaped eatery.
The two-storey building, proposed by town businessmen Alistair Mead and Giulio Ellis, would offer a restaurant on the upper floor and an ice-cream parlour on the ground floor.
But there have been concerns raised from nearby residents and businesses that the restaurant will look out of place next to Pier Square.
The letters of objection also raise fears the retail development would impact on trade for nearby food outlets.
Dave Smith, of Blackberry Drive in Worle, said: “Firstly I’d like to say what a fantastic job has been made of the new open space on the promenade. But now you plan on allowing this great big structure in that space? There are at least five bars and restaurants along that stretch of promenade, why do we need another?”
Tony Hines, of Fernacre Star in Winscombe, said: “The work to the seafront has really improved Weston and having a large building in the middle of this work is totally unnecessary with all of the other food outlets we have in the area at present.”
There has so far only been one letter of support for the planning application.
Malcolm Davey, of Moor Lane in Banwell, called the design of the building ‘imaginative’, believing it would add to the appeal of the recently-developed seafront.
North Somerset Council is expected to make a decision on the planning application by the end of this month.