‘We will not allow problem to return’

Working together: Building owner Shiraz Miah, business owner Dawan Alom, engineer Simon Preugschat and workers from Piled Foundations at the building site in Chapel Brow, Leyland
Working together: Building owner Shiraz Miah, business owner Dawan Alom, engineer Simon Preugschat and workers from Piled Foundations at the building site in Chapel Brow, Leyland

Groundwork has started to ensure that a new takeaway being built in Leyland town centre will not meet the same fate as the one which previously stood in its place.

The owner of the former Shadh takeaway building on Chapel Brow contacted the Guardian last week to say that foundation work has now begun at the site.

Dawan Alom also revealed that it had taken so long for the Shadh to be demolished and plans put forward for a new build because so many people had been involved in the process.

He said: “I think people in the area will be really pleased that something is happening at the site now.

“This was supposed to be done about five months ago, but there have been a lot of people involved and it has taken a long time.

“There have been a few problems to iron out and I have been waiting for progress here as much as everyone; I want this to be sorted as soon as possible.

“All the right people are on board now and everyone has been very helpful.”

A sewer below the Shadh takeaway collapsed in July 2009, and although it was made safe by United Utilities soon after, the damaged takeaway was boarded up for more than three years, until it was pulled down in December.

Residents were growing tired of the eyesore, and welcomed plans which were recently passed by South Ribble Council to replace the crumbling building with a new-look takeaway and offices.

Mr Alom said: “It has cost me thousands of pounds, but Leyland will have something great once this is all finished.

“I have also spent more money on the groundwork, the foundations, to make sure the same problem doesn’t ever happen again.

“It’s really important we stop that happening again.”

The new business will be owned and managed by Shiraz Miah, who took over the company two years ago, when insurance negotiations were still ongoing.

He wants to open an Indian takeaway offering healthy food, low in salt, cholesterol oils, and with no additives.

He said: “I’m very excited about this.

“I live for cooking! I’ve worked in restaurants for the last 10 years but this will be my first restaurant, and I can’t wait to get started.

“I have lots of great ideas.”