Takeaway has opening hours trimmed

RESIDENTS and police officers have won their latest battle to stop a seafront takeaway opening until the early hours of the morning.Suffolk Coastal District Council's licensing and health committee yesterday decided to prohibit the Bodrum Grill in Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, from opening between 1am and 5am on any day after hearing a catalogue of complaints.

RESIDENTS and police officers have won their latest battle to stop a seafront takeaway opening until the early hours of the morning.

Suffolk Coastal District Council's licensing and health committee yesterday decided to prohibit the Bodrum Grill in Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, from opening between 1am and 5am on any day after hearing a catalogue of complaints.

Les Binns, committee chairman, said people using the premises caused an unreasonable disturbance for nearby residents. However, there was no complaint about the way the owner, Mehmet Yalcin, ran the premises and he was not in breach of any planning regulations.

Mr Yalcin said he had invested more than £70,000 in his business. He employed seven people and his viability would be seriously affected if his opening hours were curtailed, with between 30% and 40% of his takings from 1am to 3am.


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Mr Yalcin, of Sheldrake Drive, Ipswich, said the vast majority of his clients were well behaved, he had closed circuit television, there were litter bins outside the take-away and he had offered to contribute towards railings to stop people spilling onto the road. His solicitor, John Hughes, argued that anti social behaviour was used by drunken people coming out of the town's night clubs.

But one resident, who declined to be named, told the committee the late-night disturbances in the area were "absolutely unbelievable" and the rowdy behaviour in the quiet seaside town was as bad as in Spain.

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He said the Bodrum Grill acted as a magnet for anti sociable behaviour and he added: ''Due to the drunken and unruly behaviour of the Bodrum Grill's late night customers, there is a high incidence of vandalism with shop windows being broken, the contents of their litter bins being strewn about the street and unconsumed portions of food being smeared across windows and cars, including ours on several occasions.''

Another resident detailed the damage done by late-night revellers. He said his front wall was kicked over, a bird table was stolen and he had found youths urinating and being intimate in his front garden.

He said he could not sleep one night due to the noise and he followed customers coming out of the Bodrum Grill to witness their activities. "Prior to the Bodrum Grill opening those hours we did not have those incidents," he said.

Pc Richard Durrant, town centre and seafront community police officer, told how up to 150 people congregated outside the kebab takeaway and he warned that police officers had to be concentrated in the area which led to a drain on resources elsewhere in Felixstowe.

Pc Durrant said there were fights and criminal damage committed by drunken young people and he said the atmosphere among Bodrum Grill customers was intimidating for the public. The Bodrum Grill can appeal against the decision to a magistrates' court.

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