Folks the following request for support was just received from one of our neighbours in Regent's Quarter Sean M. This is a long-standing problem which we have written about previously and it again requires community action if we are going to have any control about our local environment. Please support Sean's request:
You can help! (And it won't take long)
I doubt anyone reading this wants to discourage local business and people making a living. However, what I believe we also want are businesses that act responsibly and do not have a negative impact on the rest of the community.
Passing the grot spot of McDonalds corner last Thursday at around 23:00 we witnessed a couple of street drinkers on the pavement and two guys doing a deal by the adult book store – how will another late-night take-away help deal with this?
Given that this has been dragging on for nearly a year, I wanted to bring you up to date on the application for a change of use by the Kebab shop at 2 York Way. (Next to McD's)
Licensing was granted to the former leaseholders of the premises for use as a cafe – Cafe Sorisso which I don't think anybody objected to, with trading permitted until 23.00. The kebab shop took over the lease and has been trading in takeaway foods even though the license does not permit this and have also been flagrantly ignoring the restriction to cease trading at 23.00.
It also installed ugly, illuminated signage in a conservation area which we have managed to get switched off.
The kebab shop has applied to the council for a change of use and have repeatedly submitted incomplete or incorrect documentation. This has prolonged the time they have why they try and 'regularise' their unapproved trading. However the council have now finally received all the required paperwork and have set a deadline decision date of 12 October.
We're running out of time to object! If you haven't already done so, can you please submit an objection to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The grounds that we have objected to are set out below and may help if you feel the same way:
a) Illuminated signs are not in keeping with the character of the building or the adjoining frontages on York Way and will have an adverse impact on the adjacent conservation area.
b) Any changes in Class of Usage, (to takeaway hot foods) will result in high incidence of litter, detritus and encourage people to eat foods in open space, outside doorways of residential accommodation on York Way thereby reducing the amenity of local residents; and will diminish the quality of public realm on York Way and by creating a poor quality of environment adjacent to the Regent's Quarter and in the vicinity of Kings Cross station and the proposed station square.
c) The proposed hours of operation will cause disturbance late at night to nearby residential neighbours from arrival and departure of customers.
d) Inadequate venting of food cooking, particularly fried and grilled meats will cause nuisance and loss of amenity.
Full details of the Planning Application P100224 can be seen here.