A PETITION has been launched in a bid to stop Domino’s from moving into Haddington High Street.

The pizza giants are aiming to open their third East Lothian branch, after Musselburgh and Tranent, in the building currently home to The Grain.

Plans are already with East Lothian Council for a change of use from a restaurant/café to hot food takeaway.

However, concerns have already been raised by members of the public, who fear the new business would result in an increase in anti-social behaviour and traffic problems in the town centre.

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In response to the plans, a petition has been set up by a “concerned resident”.

It reads: “I am a resident of Haddington, deeply concerned about the prospect of a Domino's pizza chain opening in our town.

"Our community is already home to numerous local pizza shops, run by hard-working families who are integral parts of our social fabric.

"The introduction of this multinational chain threatens their livelihoods and the unique character of our town.”

East Lothian Courier: A petition has been launched about the possibility of Domino's opening in HaddingtonA petition has been launched about the possibility of Domino's opening in Haddington

The petition points to research which suggests an increase in chain closure across UK high streets while the number of independent outlets has grown.

It reads: “This trend reflects consumer preference for supporting local businesses over large chains.

“We believe that welcoming Domino’s into Haddington is unnecessary and detrimental to both our community spirit and infrastructure.

“Therefore, we urge you to reconsider this decision and protect the interests of Haddington residents and small business owners alike.

“Please sign this petition if you share these concerns about maintaining the unique character of Haddington while ensuring its sustainable development.”

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The planning application was validated by East Lothian Council the day after Haddington’s community council met.

A separate application looking at signs outside the building is also being considered by the local authority.

The proposed opening of a Domino's was mentioned at the community council's meeting after concerns had been expressed to the group by members of the public.

A decision on the change of use application is expected by the middle of March.

Representations for and against the proposals can be made to East Lothian Council’s planning department.

To sign the petition, go to www.change.org/p/stop-dominos-from-establishing-in-haddington-uk