Businesses unhappy at snack van proposal

CONCERNED business owners say if a snack van is allowed to operate until the early hours it could spell trouble for their industrial estate.

CONCERNED business owners say if a snack van is allowed to operate until the early hours it could spell trouble for their industrial estate.

Oktay Aslantepe wants to set up his Tiffany and Tomato outlet opposite Kwik-Fit, off Coker Road in Worle.

But those who own nearby businesses, as well as the police, say if the takeaway stays open until 2am some mornings, it will increase disorder in the area.

Weston Town Council has also objected to the proposals, which were due to be considered by North Somerset Council this week.


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One objector wrote: "We have been running our business from the trading estate for the past 18 years and have experienced numerous acts of vandalism, always at night.

"The incidents themselves are too numerous to mention, but have become more serious in recent years.

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"With the exception of van thefts, all of the other actions have been carried out by youngsters who shouldn't have been on the estate.

"With a food wagon attracting more people onto the estate when the businesses here are closed, I am fearful that the crimes and vandalism will increase."

Five business owners from the area have objected to the proposals for the van to operate from 5pm-1am Sunday to Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday.

But Mr Oktay says he has been running a similar business on an industrial estate in Bristol for five years.

Avon and Somerset Police wrote a letter to North Somerset Council saying that if the plans were given the go-ahead, the outlet may attract boy racers to the area, causing nuisance and disturbance to neighbours.

The plans have been scrutinised by the unitary authority's planning and regulatory licensing sub-committee.

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