PLANS for a hot food stall near Sheffield University’s St George’s Church lecture theatre are causing controversy.
Shasha Wu was refused consent for the business to stand at the corner of Portobello and Regent Street in the city centre last month, but has submitted a new application to site the trailer further down Portobello near the junction with Mappin Street.
The university was concerned the previous site would impeded fire exits from the lecture theatre.
Ms Wu has applied to Sheffield Council’s licensing board asking for permission to trade between 10am and 6pm Mondays to Fridays – aiming at students using the lecture theatre and nearby departments such as engineering.
However, the university has objected to the revised plans, which are due to be considered at a meeting of the council’s licensing committee tomorrow.
Chris Garlick, the university’s senior surveyor of estates and facilities management, said: “The university has serious concerns about the use of Portobello for a street trader.”
Mr Garlick said efforts had been made to turn Portobello into an ‘attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists’.
He said: “The university has concerns on health and safety grounds for both pedestrians and cyclists.
“In addition, we have concerns about how this unit will generate its power for cooking and lighting. We assume the unit will be powered by generators. Extraction from the unit will push food smells into the surrounding location.
“This will provide an unattractive environment for people using the area and also for university buildings.”
Licensing officials have made no recommendation to councillors about whether or not to approve the scheme.