Domino’s take an­other turn to open up at former bank

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Heartbreaking Statement - By Joe Wright jwright@thek­m­ @joe_wright98

Domino’s Pizza bosses hope to de­liver an­other take­away branch to Can­ter­bury fol­low­ing a string of failed at­tempts.

The fast food pizza chain, which al­ready has a store in Mil­i­tary Road, is eye­ing up a much sought-after Grade Ii-listed build­ing at the corner of St Dun­stan’s Street and Or­chard Street.

Domino’s has had its sights set on the di­lap­i­dated former Natwest bank since it closed in 2014, but two ap­pli­ca­tions were with­drawn and then a fur­ther one re­fused by coun­cil­lors, who claimed de­liv­ery driv­ers and cus­tomers would cause park­ing prob­lems and dis­tur­bance for neigh­bours.

An ap­peal was later un­suc­cess­ful, with the plan­ning in­spec­tor agree­ing with con­cerns raised about noise and late-night cus­tomer col­lec­tions.

Domino’s says it has ad­dressed these is­sues in its lat­est ap­pli­ca­tions by propos­ing to use elec­tric mopeds and stop in-store col­lec­tions after 9pm.

It says the pizza chain will en­hance the build­ing’s ap­pear­ance and en­sure the de­sign is in- keep­ing with the char­ac­ter of the sur­round­ing area.

War­ren Wil­son, from par­cel de­liv­ery com­pany Mail Boxes Etc, which is op­po­site the empty shop, says there is no need for it.

“It wouldn’t be warmly wel­comed by the lo­cals,” he said.

“Why does Can­ter­bury need an­other take­away? It’s not like there aren’t many here al­ready.

“Hav­ing Domino’s here could mean more lit­ter and it would in­crease traf­fic, which is un­wanted as the road is dodgy as it is.”

But Mr Wil­son, who has been work­ing in St Dun­stan’s for five years, says the build­ing is in need of a makeover.

He added: “Hav­ing any­thing there is bet­ter than noth­ing.

“I do miss hav­ing Natwest there as we don’t have any banks down this end of the city.

“At the mo­ment, the build­ing is an eye­sore so I’d be happy to see it be­ing put to good use but I just don’t see why it has to be an­other take­away.”

Wendy Parker, from Supreme Bake in St Dun­stan’s Street, says the small busi­nesses of Can­ter­bury will not be over­shad­owed by Domino’s if its plans are ap­proved.

“Take­away com­pa­nies have tried be­fore and failed to win that build­ing so I’m sure the same is go­ing to hap­pen this time,” she said.

“But thanks to our num­ber of loyal reg­u­lars, hav­ing Domino’s nearby wouldn’t af­fect us.

“Hope­fully the ap­pli­ca­tion won’t be granted but if it is then any com­pe­ti­tion is healthy com­pe­ti­tion.”

To com­ment on the plans, visit can­ter­ be­fore De­cem­ber 1 and search for CA//17/02467.

War­ren Wil­son from Mail Boxes Etc in St Dun­stan’s, says there’s no need for an­other take­away in Can­ter­bury

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