Notice to neighbours has been given by JD Wetherspoon, owner of the Corn Exchange, that a planning application has been lodged with Angus Council.
According to the letter JD Wetherspoon PLC has re-applied for permission to construct an external drinking area with portable banner barriers and loose furniture in the open plaza of Market Place.
It would consist of four tables with four chairs on the eastern side of the building.
Reehan ul-Haq, director of Haq’s newsagent which lies opposite The Corn Exchange has already submitted an objection to the proposal.
In a letter to Angus Council planning officers he wrote: “There would be an increased level of noise and disturbance for the public passing through Market Place... there is a good chance that this will put people off from coming to that area hence loss of passing trade for the other businesses located in that area.”
Mr Haq is also the sub-postmaster for the Royal mail branch which operates from his shop. He added: “The problem which concerns me most which will result from this application being granted is the disruption to the Post Office located in my property and Royal Mail, as Royal mail make at least two visits per day, more at Christmas time, to collect the mail.
“They have to drive as close as possible to the rear shop door for security reason, with the proposed seating area they cannot do this, so as well as being inconvenient at busy times there can be up to a dozen sacks of mail it is also a major security issue as the mail can be of extremely high value.”