Proposed restaurant will turn area into 'third world country'
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A PARISH councillor has warned that the construction of a takeaway restaurant on the site of an abandoned pub would turn the area into a "third world country".
Colnbrook with Poyle parish councillor Michael Nye made the comments in the wake of the parish council making their opposition clear to the planning application for a mixed retail shop, fast food takeaway and flat on the site of the Red Lion pub in High Street, Colnbrook.
Councillor Nye, who owned the pub in the early 1990s, said: "It would just bring the whole area into a third world kind of state. They [fast food takeaway businesses] are the most anti-social business we have seen."
The applicant for the planning permission is not yet know though Cllr Nye believes it is an independent fast food outlet rather than a restaurant chain.
The council instructed the clerk to write a letter of opposition on their behalf to Slough Borough council over proposals for the Grade II listed building which has been shut for the last three years.
Parish council chairman, Councillor Peter Hood said: "We don't want a fast food outlet in this village. The pub is a listed building and it is our view that it would make a nice, quite restaurant. We feel as if we are well served enough with fast food in the village."
The application has yet to be decided upon by Slough Borough Council but is likely to be on the agenda for the planning committee meeting on Thursday, July 26.