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Noise concerns limit Crown Heights takeaway's licence
A NEW food takeaway has been given a restricted licence after concerns were raised about customers disturbing residents in a Basingstoke flats complex.
Food Food Ltd wants to open a takeaway selling kebabs and curries at a ground floor unit in Crown Heights. The company applied to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for a licence to sell hot food and drink until 2.30am on Friday and Saturday nights.
But a meeting of the borough’s licensing sub-committee heard that noisy revellers looking for a post-drink snack would disturb Crown Heights residents trying to sleep.
Rhys Gilbert, environmental health officer for the borough, said he believed drinkers would sit on the steps in the central courtyard of the complex.
He said: “In my experience, people who have been to other licensed premises drinking through the night do not exercise the best judgement or consideration when they are together.”
Ann Vyas, the takeaway’s interior designer, represented Food Food Ltd at the hearing and said the application had only attracted one letter of objection.
She added: “As far as public safety is concerned, we are happy to follow all the suggestions made by the relevant authorities to make sure that we take all necessary steps.”
The three-man committee, chaired by Councillor David Leeks , granted the licence, but only until 1am on Friday and Saturday, and midnight from Sunday to Thursday.
Speaking after the meeting, Mrs Vyas told The Gazette : “We are moderately happy, because we were told there’s demand until 2.30am.
“Once we run for six months, we can show them it’s a smooth-running business which doesn’t hassle local residents.”