A decision on whether to allow international pizza chain Domino’s to open in Whitton High Street is expected soon.

The planning application will go to a committee on January 30, and councillors will decide whether to give the fast food giant their blessing.

But residents have been fiercely divided, with dozens submitting official comments to the council – 15 for and 37 against.

Anti-Domino’s residents claim noise from delivery mopeds will be unacceptable, smells from the kitchen will cause annoyance and the type of food sold will not help improve people’s health.

One said: “There is already a pizza shop in the high street and we certainly don’t need another.

“Never mind the fact that pizza has to be one of the most unhealthy types of food, the disruption and effect on the residents of Tranmere Road would be most unacceptable.

“It is likely also that it will lead to a gathering place in the High Street for youngsters late into the evening which in turn could possibly lead to further anti social behaviour. We just don’t need it.”

Others referred to the “mayhem” of parking problems around the site which was previously home to Lloyds Bank but is now vacant.

One, in what was looks like a typo, suggested “parking is at a perineum” in the area (presumably the commenter meant “premium”).

And repeated mention was made of the two nearby schools, Edmund’s Catholic Primary School and Nelson Primary School (225m and 250m distant respectively).

One quoted the council’s own Local Plan, which states: “There is an emerging obesity issue in the borough, particularly in children.

“Access to fast food takeaways detracts from the ability to adopt healthy lifestyles and undermines healthy eating initiatives that may be in place at local schools.”

It goes on to suggest the council will hope to reduce the number of fast food outlets, “particularly takeaways”, near schools.

But some residents took a more positive view of the plans, referring to bringing a vacant site back into use and the 25 jobs that would be created.

One wrote: “There has been a significant loss of retail in the last few years but that is due to change in shopping habits.

“We do not need too many empty ugly looking shops which would have a detrimental effect on the other businesses too.”

Another added: “People concerned about another fast food outlet should try to open a soup kitchen or salad bar and see if it gets any business.

“People eat a lot of fast food, some unhealthy, but its their choice and it’s about choice. We cannot stop shops coming just because there is an obesity crisis.”

And another referred to a “sinister” anonymous letter she and hundreds of residents had received urging her to oppose the plans – suggesting it could be the work of a competitor.