A MAN is hoping a new planning application will be passed so he can open a fish and chip shop in Parson Drove.
Gary Meads, who lives in Wisbech, owns a small business premises on The Bank. It has been empty for the past couple of years and he wants to open it as a takeaway.
A previous application to change the use from retail to hot food takeaway was rejected by Fenland Council two years ago and he is hoping a fresh application will not go the same way.
However, Parson Drove parish council have objected to the plans for a second time.
Mr Meads said: "The parish council don't want it there. It's very mystifying. It just doesn't make sense. The residents would love a fish and chip shop. There's nothing in Parson Drove."
Gavin Booth, chairman of the parish council, explained the council were not objecting to the idea of a fish and chip shop in the village, but to the location of the premises.
Mr Booth said: "There are quite a number of elderly residents along there. We have got to consider what effects a takeaway could have on local residents.
"The main access route to The Bank is fairly narrow, which is not ideal. A lot of people are going to be driving there. It is going to cause quite a bit of issue. There are already issues with parking there."
Mr Meads said he has been approached about turning the unit into a sex shop.
"I don't want to go down that route," he said, "but if it gets turned down again, I will have no option. I want to put it to the best use for the village."
Mr Booth said if Mr Meads goes with the sex shop idea, the parish council will get a chance to make representations.
Residents have complained about a sign that has been put in the window of the premises.