Neighbours say no to kebab grill

PUBLISHED: 13:41 17 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:28 24 May 2010

FED up residents are fighting plans to extend the opening hours of a Clevedon kebab house claiming 'we donner want it'. Owners of the Golden Grill, in Old Church Road, have applied to North Somerset Council to change its opening hours to allow it to trade

FED up residents are fighting plans to extend the opening hours of a Clevedon kebab house claiming 'we donner want it'.Owners of the Golden Grill, in Old Church Road, have applied to North Somerset Council to change its opening hours to allow it to trade until 1.30am, seven days a week.But the move has angered local residents who say gangs of troublesome teens and drunks visiting the kebab house in the early hours are making the street a no go area.Residents claim the restaurant, due to close at midnight, is often open until 3am at weekends, with gangs loitering in the area, fighting and causing damage to properties and parked cars.One resident said: "These premises attract a very unsociable and sometimes uncontrollable gathering of youths who create a nuisance in and around the vicinity."The constant noise and trouble keeps us awake and the area becomes a volatile and sometimes a violent no-go area for residents and locals."They create an antisocial environment of shouting, screaming, jumping on and damaging our cars and property."I feel that if the shop is allowed to stay open any later than midnight the trouble will escalate, putting more pressure on local residents and the police."Police have also been called to the kebab house on numerous occasions following reports of antisocial behaviour and fighting and have objected to the later opening.In a report to the licensing sub committee, licensing enquiry officer Bob Stell said: "Due to the nature of the business, particularly during the later hours it tends to attract people who have recently consumed alcohol in the surrounding pubs, keeping them in the area longer and allowing, on some occasions, youths to congregate."We feel that to extend the hours further has the potential to undermine the prevention of crime and public nuisance objectives."North Somerset Licensing Sub Committee is due to meet next Monday to discuss the application.

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