Wigan takeaway owner addresses fears over restaurant plan

A protest poster against the restaurant plan
A protest poster against the restaurant plan

A Wigan takeaway owner has moved to alleviate fears that his plans for a new restaurant could cause unwanted disruption to local residents.

Ed Jennings, owner of Thai outlet Siam House in Standish, says fears that his new venture could cause excessive noise pollution and car parking problems, have been blown out of proportion.

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Mr Jennings recently submitted proposals to the town hall to expand the Church Street takeaway into a small sit-down restaurant, by knocking through into an empty residential property next door.

And although the eatery has been a hit with Standish residents since it opened last summer, posters have recently been pinned to lampposts in the area disapproving of the planning application, citing fears of excessive noise pollution.

Mr Jennings, who runs the business with partner Kannika Mahanam, said he understood neighbours’ concerns but that they were unfounded.

“I have a family myself, the last thing I want to do is cause disruption,” he said.

“You wouldn’t know how many people are in the restaurant, because you have to comply with building regulations around sound proofing. You could have 100 people in there and not notice, so it wouldn’t be an issue.

“I just want to stress that the dividing wall between the two properties will be sound proofed.”

Addressing fears that noise could instead come from patrons leaving the premises late at night, he went on: “It’s a family restaurant, it’s small so it (sound) won’t be noticeable.

“There would be no bar area to loiter around. It’s small and it will be professionally run.

“There is a pub across the road open until 1am but I don’t see any complaints about any noise from there, so there’s nothing to worry about.

“My restaurant will only have 45 covers, so there wouldn’t be an issue of parking.”

He added: “I understand the concerns, but I am not here to upset people, I am here to better Standish. If approved, we are looking forward to it. This will be good for Standish.”

The application is currently pending consideration.