Pizza World and Charcoal Grill lose bid to extend hours

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A BID for two takeaway restaurants to stay open until the early hours of the morning was thrown out by borough council licensing chiefs.

Amrik Ram, the manager of Pizza World, and neighbouring Charcoal Grill, in Queens Parade, New Street, applied to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to extend their opening hours until 5am, seven-days-a week.

At a licensing sub-committee meeting, both applications were rejected following evidence from nearby residents, a ward councillor and the police.

Police licensing officer Claire Wanless said that by staying open until 5am the area would attract drunken revellers, increase litter, and strip the neighbourhood of “quiet time”.

Neighbours said their lives had become a misery because of delivery vehicles driven by confrontational drivers, arriving in Flaxfield Road, behind Queens Parade, in the early hours.

Councillor Gavin James, who represents the Eastrop ward, said: “Is it right to have, in effect, a 24-hour restaurant in a residential street?”

Currently, Pizza World closes at midnight, except at the weekend, when it closes at 1am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Charcoal Grill closes at 11.30pm every day of the week.

Speaking with the help of an interpreter, Mr Ram said he would look at changing delivery arrangements.

But after spending more than an hour considering their verdict, the licensing sub-committee ruled that extending the hours would only “exacerbate the problem”.

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11:42am Fri 16 Nov 12

Upontheroof says...

Hardly a surprise it was rejected. .

Feed the drunks? No, they need to go home and sleep it off ;-)

If Mr Amrik Ram wants to do something constructive then how about opening up a soup kitchen for the homeless and needy.

I very much doubt that will happen!
Hardly a surprise it was rejected. . Feed the drunks? No, they need to go home and sleep it off ;-) If Mr Amrik Ram wants to do something constructive then how about opening up a soup kitchen for the homeless and needy. I very much doubt that will happen! Upontheroof
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7:16pm Fri 16 Nov 12

ELLIS17 says...

There has to be a line drawn under these requests to trade through the night, thankfully the Council has taken account of the consequences of such trading and rightly refused permission.
There has to be a line drawn under these requests to trade through the night, thankfully the Council has taken account of the consequences of such trading and rightly refused permission. ELLIS17
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7:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12

thunderbird_ii says...

Although the store is on the main one way system and only backs onto a residential street, there is the question of when will Amrik sleep?
Although the store is on the main one way system and only backs onto a residential street, there is the question of when will Amrik sleep? thunderbird_ii
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9:30am Sat 17 Nov 12

starbucks911 says...

He does do good pizzas so its a shame, thankfully Dominos have a 5am license for deliveries so I guess I'll be continuing to order with them!
He does do good pizzas so its a shame, thankfully Dominos have a 5am license for deliveries so I guess I'll be continuing to order with them! starbucks911
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