Bexleyheath kebab shop loses late opening bid
PUBLISHED: 12:09 31 January 2012
A kebab shop owner has been refused permission to stay open later even after withdrawing his bid to sell alcohol.
Managers for Best Kebab, at 310A Broadway, Bexleyheath, changed their application after objections from residents.
But councillors still declined their amended application to extend the opening hours to 3am Thursday to Saturday and on Sundays until 1am.
The decision from last Tuesday’s (24) meeting reads: “The sub-committee has heard evidence from the responsible authorities that the premises are situated on the busy Bexleyheath Broadway, and there have been concerns about crime and disorder in relation to the premises. The police gave evidence of one incident which arose on October 8, 2011 at 1.10am, beyond the permitted opening hours, under the licence, when it was observed from a passing police vehicle that a group of approximately 20 males were fighting inside and outside the shop. This necessitated police intervention, including two arrests for affray.
“While other licensed premises exist in this region of Bexleyheath Broadway, so do residential properties and the responsible authorities and interested parties have expressed concern about noise disturbance and litter.”
A spokesman for the kebab shop, said they are considering appealing the decision. They added: “We have been fighting the council to get a late license for six years.” They did not want to comment further.
The current manger first put in a late license application in 2006 but that was refused.