Residents voice anger at takeaway plan

Toymaster Ellon
Toymaster Ellon

Residents surrounding the Toymaster shop in Ellon have voiced their concerns over plans to convert it into a takeaway.

A proposal has been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council by Chillianos to turn the retail unit into a hot food takeaway.

The shop is located on the boundary of Market Street and The Square, and has been occupied by Steven’s Toymaster for around 30 years.

A design statement submitted to Aberdeenshire Council claims: “the change of use to form another ambitious business venture would appear to be entirely appropriate” however those living nearby disagree.

Speaking to the Times, one resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the applicant had “no consideration for residents”.

They also mentioned that, should the plans be given the go-ahead, the surrounding properties would be in a “takeaway triangle” with a fish and chip shop, Chinese and Indian all nearby.

Concerns over litter in the River Ythan, smell, the possible appearance of rats, cars parking on pavements and noise from late night revellers was also raised.

The applicant had previously gained planning permission for a shop unit at Union Lane but another tenant has taken it on.

This new application is for alternative premises only and no further works will take place at the Union Lane address.

Comments on the plans can be accepted on the Aberdeenshire Council website until Thursday, September 15.