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Plans for 3am takeaway in Wembley sparks concern

Plans for a new late-night takeaway in Wembley that would open until 3am every day have sparked concerns the already litter-strewn streets will only get worse.

Flaming Indulge has applied to Brent Council to open a premises on the Abbey Manufacturing Estate, an industrial estate surrounded by residential homes in Wembley – from 3pm to 3am seven days a week.

The kitchen wants to operate as takeaway only, on platforms such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo. However, local councillor Anton Anton Georgiou has urged the council to reject the plan over fears the food wrappers will be thrown in the street and residents will be disturbed by the noise of delivery drivers late at night.

He claims residents have told him they ‘don’t feel safe’ when customers stand outside their homes eating food. Cllr Georgiou said: “I have had correspondence from residents to say that they do not feel safe when they see customers waiting to collect their food and then eating the food outside their homes.

“They have also highlighted seeing empty food cartons littering their street, from customers of these businesses. This cannot be allowed to continue and get worse.”

He added: “There is [also] the potential for a further increase in local traffic and noise from customers and delivery drivers visiting the premises and disturbing residents. Granting an application to this new business would mean that the council will have to continue to deploy additional resources to manage the consequences of these types of businesses setting up close to a residential area.”

Only staff would be allowed inside the premises, with customers expected to order food at the street-facing counter. The applicant, Shaveak Dunkley, said a plan to tackle increased noise and litter is already in place to reassure residents.

Following discussions with the council’s licensing officers, Mr Dunkley has agreed that customers would be restricted from parking outside Woodside Avenue and Woodside End to eat food and will share his mobile number with neighbours if they have any issues.

Mr Dunkley said: “When customers come to pick up the food, they will have to park inside the black gate at the industrial estate, away from the residence and they will have to leave straight away when the food has been picked up. We [will also] monitor the rubbish every few hours to make sure the street is clean.”

The police had originally raised concerns about noise from customers coming and going in the early hours of the morning disturbing residents. However, after Mr Dunkley agreed to a number of conditions leading to officers withdrawing their representation. The conditions include installing CCTV, only allowing deliveries between 9am and 6pm, and providing staff with adequate training.

The application will be reviewed by Brent Council’s Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing Sub-Committee meeting next month (March 12), after which a decision will be made.

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