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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Longer opening hours approved for takeaway

LONGER opening times have been granted for a Whitehaven takeaway, despite objections from Environmental Health.

By Sarah Robinson

Turkuaz on Tangier Street, can now remain open until 2.30am on Fridays and Saturdays, midnight on Sundays to Wednesdays and 1.30am on Thursdays. It previously closed at 11pm every day.

Applicant, Mehmet Tutan, told members of Copeland Council’s licensing sub-committee last week that he wanted his opening times to be in line with closing times of other takeaways in the vicinity.

But Copeland’s own Environmental Health department objected on the grounds of public nuisance.

John Cain, of Environmental Protection, said Cumbria Police already issue dispersal orders to people loitering on Tangier Street’s car park at night and there have been reports of some people defecating in the street.

He said nearby premises – Roc Bar, Bubbles, Cap’n Senny’s and TJs – close at 2am which causes noise disturbances and there are already four takeaways on Tangier Street with late night opening hours.

Louise Coid, of Environmental Health, said: “If this property is open until 2.30am it will encourage people to hang around the town causing a disturbance to businesses and residents. There is a hotel on Tangier Street and a care home behind Tangier Street.”

The pair said when planning permission was granted for the takeaway, it was agreed it would open until 1.30am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, “to minimise disturbance to neighbouring residents and properties in the interests of amenity”.

However, councillors were told that planning permission is separate to licensing criteria.

They looked at four licensing elements: the prevention of crime and disorder; public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

Marlene Jewell, council officer, said members have to treat each application on its own merit. Councillors heard there was no other objections to the proposed extended opening times from Cumbria Police or members of the public.

Mr Tutan said that he has installed four CCTV cameras inside the premises and two cameras outside, adding if any incidents occurred he would contact emergency services.

He initially proposed the shop open until 2.30am on Thursdays, which councillors turned down, granting a 1.30am closing time instead.

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"...and there have been reports of some people defecating in the street."

The sooner that giant asteroid comes the better...

Posted by Sir Paddy Moore on 13 June 2014 at 12:28

Best take away in Whitehaven!

Posted by Big JIM on 13 June 2014 at 01:41

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