Jimmy’s Kebabs have applied again for a street trading licence to set up a catering trailer in the George Lane car park to sell Kebabs, Burgers, Chips and hot and cold soft drinks, seven days a week between 18:00 and 23:00.
Again, the Town Council – at Monday’s Planning meeting (1 February) objected, as they have done every time before. The Police have also made strong representations to previous applications.
Previously they – Jimmy’s Kebabs – have been granted a temporary licence on appeal and overcome the objections, but this time the Planning Committee resolved that: Marlborough Town Council objects to this application on the grounds of site safety, the avoidance of nuisance, poor choice of location and loss of parking space.
Councillors also made the following observations which formed the overall objection:
- The Town Council and police had made strong representations against similar applications in 2018 and September 2019
- A temporary licence had previously been granted but there were only two occasions when the applicant traded at the location so no monitoring had been possible
- Strong objections from close neighbours who had presented a petition against the 2019 application on the grounds of noise and litter
- The close proximity to the school walking route – if the application was allowed, whether a further application might be made to start trading hours closer to the end of the school day
- The loss of parking spaces
- Safety and the risk of anti social behaviour – this area was not well lit and was used by local residents to park overnight
- While outside the scope by which objections could be made, Members recognised that many hospitality outlets in the town were experiencing economic hardships as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, and did not believe it was the right time to introduce more competition
The space required will have to be enough to house a 12ft by 7ft catering trailer powered by a generator.