Opposition in Pewsey to longer hours
6:00pm Sunday 7th October 2012 in By Nigel Kerton
Pewsey's kebab shop is facing stiff opposition to its bid to stay open later.
Families are objecting to plans by the village’s Fast Food Centre to extend opening by two hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 3am, saying this will encourage more anti-social behaviour.
Shop owners Serkan Macit and Mustafa Suna will appear before Wiltshire Council’s eastern area licensing sub-committee at the Corn Exchange in Devizes tomorrow to ask councillors to grant a late-night food licence extension.
The sub-committee will also consider complaints from residents of the Market Place, North Street, High Street and elsewhere who fear the later opening hours will lead to anti-social behaviour and disturbance.
Pewsey Fast Food Centre is on the ground floor of London House, where five flats are being created on the upper floors.
Police received four complaints between July 2010 and May last year that the kebab shop stayed open past its licenced hours “resulting in youths hanging around the Market Place causing anti-social behaviour”.
The sub-committee refused an application by the takeaway’s owners to extend their opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays to 2am in 2009 . It stated “the statutory licensing objective of preventing crime and disorder is highly likely to be prejudiced”.
A report to the sub-committee says that when police and the local authority advised the premises to close at its licensed time of 1am, anti-social behaviour was greatly reduced.
In their application, the partners said they had installed improved CCTV to help deal with anti-social behaviour.
If they were aware of customers behaving badly they said they would advise them, adding: “We have had no instances for a very long time.”
Public protection officer Vicky Brown said: “We recommend this application be refused because we are of the opinion it is likely to lead to public nuisance for people living nearby.”
And Ms Brown said the noisy extraction system at the rear of the premises would be heard by occupiers of the five flats.
One High Street resident wrote to the council saying: “Residents are already subjected to late-night noise from inconsiderate loud customers, vehicle movements and running engines. To have another two hours of noise from revellers is unacceptable.”
Pewsey Parish Council has opposed the application on the grounds of “noise, litter and disruption in the centre of Pewsey at this late hour”.