An anonymous leaflet asking people to object to plans for a new takeaway has been landing on doormats alongside the usual fast food menus.
More than 50 people have written to the council opposing an application by Domino’s Pizza to open a branch in High Street, Wanstead.
The fast food giant wants to change the use of 147 High Street, which once housed the Cinnamon Indian restaurant, to a takeaway.
If given permission, Domino’s would open from 9am-1am on Friday and Saturday and 9am-midnight the rest of the week.
The company says it will also make some minor changes to the shop front and create up to 20 jobs if it is given the go-ahead.
Many people were only made aware of the application by a note which is believed to have been delivered to hundreds of homes.
Jack Figg, 88, of The Avenue in Wanstead, is one of those to have received the leaflet.
He said: “We didn’t even know about this plan until this note came through the door.
“Nobody seems to know who put it together, but whoever it is, I agree with everything they say. Another takeaway will only denigrate the area”
The leaflet warns of parking problems caused by delivery bikes and cars which it says could number as many as 25.
And it says a takeaway would lead to problems with people loitering in the street, an increase in crime and even hit house prices.
Reny Morsch of Overton Drive is one of those who has written to Redbridge council objecting to the proposals.
She said: “Wanstead High Street has already got a sufficient number of takeaways.
“Another will not add to a diverse, interesting high street that people want to come and visit.”
And she added: “It does not promote healthy eating to the population, in particular to schoolchildren.”
But in a letter accompanying its application, Domino’s says it would enhance the area and that it prides itself on being ‘a good neighbour’.
It says its stores rarely generate litter and that a member of staff carries out regular inspections of the surrounding store area during opening hours.
And it states: “Given that there are very few hot food takeaways within the surrounding area, there can be no justifiable objection based on an over-provision or clustering of such uses.”