Neighbours ‘devastated’ after BBQ van allowed in car park

The BBQ Smokehouse will trade in the car park of The Nightjar. Picture: The BBQ Smokehouse

The BBQ Smokehouse will trade in the car park of The Nightjar. Picture: The BBQ Smokehouse - Credit: Archant

Beef brisket, burritos and burgers will be sold from a trailer in a pub car park.

North Somerset Council's licensing sub-committee granted permission for Paul Ellis to trade as The BBQ Smokehouse on the grounds of The Nightjar public house in Mead Vale, near the back entrance to Worle Community School Academy.

The committee granted him street trading consent to sell hot and cold food six days per week, trading from 5-9pm Monday to Wednesday, 5-10pm on Thursday and Friday and 11am-11pm on Saturday.

Paul, alongside his brother David and friend Mahmud Charania, opened The BBQ Smokehouse restaurant in Weston town centre in January last year but it closed in July due to 'unforeseen circumstances'.

He then purchased a trailer and sold goods in The Walnut Tree car park, in Winterstoke Road.

More than 25 objections were submitted during public consultation from homeowners in Redwing Drive, who had concerns over increased noise, smell, parking issues and antisocial behaviour.

Speaking at the committee meeting on Tuesday, Paul said: "We are a professional company and are not out to hurt anybody, we have never had issues regarding litter and perform three to four litter sweeps per day.

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"None of our food will actually be smoked in the trailer, it will all be prepared in our industrial unit in Highbridge and then heated up, so smells will not be a problem.

"We do not want to upset any residents, we want people to come and enjoy our food and have a pleasant experience."

Homeowners in Mead Vale created a petition against the eight foot wide and 18-ft long trailer from trading, which was signed by more than 20 people.

Janet Brereton, who lives in nearby Thrush Close, is 'devastated' by the decision.

She said: "A lot of people have expressed their concerns over this and I am devastated to see it go through.

"It is an entirely inappropriate place, in a residential area close to a school and is a health hazard."

Paul uses biodegradable cartons for hot food and all waste is disposed of through his commercial waste contract.

People can either take their food away, use a table and chairs provided or can eat their food inside The Nightjar.