Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL.
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The Chair asked all parties if they had any requests, and it was noted that there were no requests.
The Licensing Officer introduced the report to Members of the Sub-Committee informing them, the report was for a new Street Trading Consent. Following a number of objections from local residents, it was decided that the application be referred to Committee for determination.
Members heard how Mr Ceylan submitted an application for a new Street Trading Consent on 12 June 2019. The application was for a mobile unit to sell hot and cold food and drinks Monday to Sunday 12:00 to 23:00 and would be located in a car park adjacent to 74a High Street, Aveley, RM15 4BX.
During the consultation period 18 representations were received from 15 local residents. These mainly related to possible nuisance issues from noise, odours and litter as well as anti-social behaviour.
The Licensing Officer confirmed that no representations had been received from any other consultees, which included environmental health’s noise and pollution team; and Essex Police.
Licensing Officers continued to explain the Council’s Street Trading Policy and standard conditions provided under the Prevention of public nuisance section, that consideration would be given to measures taken to reduce the risk of nuisance from noise, refuse, vermin, fumes and odours. The policy also provided under the Prevention of crime and disorder section that the proposed activity should not present a risk to public order
Members, the Residents’ Representative and the applicant were provided the chance to ask questions of the Licensing Officer. There were none.
The Residents’ Representative was asked to present their case, during which Ms Webster expressed concerns regarding the 14-foot trailer being placed in the car park and selling food, which subsequently took up parking spaces the community required; situated near the Aveley Recreation Ground.
She continued to raise concerns regarding noise nuisance, pollution, littering and anti-social behaviour, stating that in the car park in question, had previously housed a kebab van which was completely burnt out.
Members heard how the trailer would be in proximity of the sheltered accommodation area therefore would be inconsiderate to the elderly residents, as the car park bordered the complex. It was commented that from their previous experience of a kebab van, residents could not have their windows open due to the odour omitted.
Ms Webster remarked that the excessive noise and anti-social behaviour from customers using the previous kebab van prevented residents from having their windows open, as individuals in the Aveley Recreation Ground would climb over the boundary into the grounds of the New Maltings Sheltered Housing Complex, trespassing then climbing over their boundary fence into the car park to use the kebab van.
The Sub-Committee heard how it was of the residents’ opinions that there were already enough food venues in the area and the kebab trailer was not needed, with hygiene concerns being raised regarding the ventilation of the van and toilet facilities.
Members, the Licensing Officer and the applicant were provided the chance ... view the full minutes text for item 11.