A NEW sandwich shop will open despite concerns from the owners of a neighbouring wool store that odours from frying would make their product smell.
R ‘n’ L’s Food Parlour, in Park Road, Hartlepool, should be open within eight weeks after Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee gave permission for the shop to open with a seating area.
It was approved despite objections by Claire Herron and her mum, Vivienne Chandler, who run Bobby Davison’s wool shop next door.
Mrs Herron told councillors that smells coming from the new sandwich shop would have a detrimental affect on her business, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, as frying smells would permeate into the wool and make it difficult for her to sell the product.
She said this could ultimately put the shop out of business.
Council planners had said the problem could be overcome by installing a suitable extractor fan in a partition wall.
A 139-name petition from wool shop customers objecting to the new shop was also submitted to councillors.
Speaking at the meeting, Mrs Herron said: “The wool absorbs the smell and odours of grease, fat and frying.
“We had a petition signed by customers and they said they won’t buy wool that will smell of cooking.
“It will ruin the business and we will close as a result of this.”
She claimed scientific research has shown wool is used in some industries to absorb odours.
But Labour Councillor Trisha Lawton questioned the authenticity of the website used by Mrs Herron to find the information and said other sites were more reliable.
The new store will be run by Nicola Wilson, a 30-year-old mum-of-two from Arncliffe Gardens, and her mum, Lynne Young, 55, and sister, Lisa Wallace, 35.
Mrs Wilson told the meeting: “All we are trying to do is set up a family business to create financial stability for ourselves.
“It disappoints me when I walk down the street and see the units that are left empty.
“With regards to the smell, there is going to be an industrial extractor system installed between the two properties.
“Council officers suggested an adequate ventilation system will not impact on the wool at all.
“I have been in to see the shop owner before the meeting and expressed I understand her concerns.
“Before, our premises was a nail bar, a Chinese take-away and a butchers and for me that gives off more substantial smells than a sandwich shop or small cafe would
“We are not here to destroy anybody’s business, we want a better outlook for the area.”
The application was approved by seven votes to four.
Mrs Herron told the Mail afterwards: “It is nothing personal, we wish them the best of luck and hope it is successful.”