It’s No to late licence for takeaway

August 27 2020

COUNCILLORS have refused permission for a Kingswood pizza takeaway to open until 2am following objections from neighbours.

The takeaway in Station Road, Kingswood

The takeaway in Station Road, Kingswood

South Gloucestershire Council’s licensing sub-committee was told the premises, currently named Flamers Star, in Station Road had provoked complaints about fights, arson, noise, litter, antisocial behaviour, illegal parking across driveways and trading later than allowed.

New Cheltenham ward councillor Kim Scudamore told the hearing on July 28 that it was the wrong place for a late-night establishment because it was in a residential area.

The remote meeting was told the existing licence allowed the premises to stay open until 11.30pm on weekend nights but it was flouting this.

Applicant Erkan Cil asked to serve hot food until 2am on Friday and Saturday and 1am week nights.

Members heard the takeaway, in a parade of shops including a chip shop and curry house which both closed by 11pm – after which a late-night refreshment licence is required – would be renamed Star Pizza but that there was a “close link” between Mr Cil and the current establishment.

Cllr Scudamore told the hearing: “Residents say noise and illegal parking is going on, which makes them very nervous about a new applicant.

“Mr Cil recently got a premises in Staple Hill where the planning regulations changed to make it a fast-food outlet.

“There was considerable resistance to that change.

“Mr Cil’s comment was ‘If you don’t want it smelly or noisy, you need to move somewhere nicer or to the countryside’, which is not something a responsible neighbour would say.

“There is a close link between the applicant and the current licence holder.”

A council licensing officer said neighbours complained about noise and disruption from the premises in January and April and that the issues were ongoing.

One resident who lives opposite the takeaway told councillors: “Whether it’s the new or the old applicant they are just as bad.It is the parking, litter and antisocial behaviour. Kids smashed up a letterbox and set it on fire; we’ve had fights in the road which we reported to the police, so I’m worried if they do get this extension, it will just be horrific.

“They have been operating beyond their hours. I have had to put cones outside my drive so the Uber Eats and Deliveroo delivery drivers won’t park there.”

She said allowing the takeaway to open so late would mean customers would be drunk on their way home from the pub.

Neither Mr Cil nor his agent attended the meeting despite being invited.

Sub-committee chairman Councillor Keith Burchell said the legal advice was to go ahead with the hearing because it had already been postponed from July 7 at the applicant’s request.

Announcing the panel’s decision, he said: “On the grounds of the prevention of public nuisance, we have resolved that the application be refused.”

Four objections from residents were received although there were no representations from police, trading standards or environmental health after they agreed conditions with the applicants on the proviso the request to open later was approved.

By Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporting Service