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Objections may force closure

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The owner of a Sudbury fast-food outlet says he may have to close the business if an application to extend opening hours is refused.

Chicken George in King Street, Sudbury, wants to extend current opening hours by half an hour until 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays in order to attract trade from customers leaving the town’s Infinity nightclub.

The outlet already stays open until 1am from Monday to Thursday.

Residents and police have objected to the application, citing noise, litter and anti-social behaviour concerns.

Owner Alper Tekin told the Free Press: “There is a possibility we may have to close if we don’t get this because I am making no money recently.”

He said the business relied on dovetailing its opening hours with that of night club Infinity, and that without that he would lose £700-£800 income.

Mr Tekin said he could not understand the objections: “We don’t have any trouble here, I have been here since 2008 and I don’t remember phoning the police about anything. I feel the police objection is a bit unfair. And we always pick up our litter every night.”

The application is due to go before Babergh District Council’s licensing sub committee on September 5.

Former Sudbury Mayor Adrian Osborne said: “Residents in Acton Lane and Waldingfield Road have made representations regarding noise, litter and anti-social behaviour from people returning from the town late at night. Extending opening hours will only make this a great deal worse.”

Acton Lane resident Peter Sich said: “I find it increasingly difficult to enjoy my right to reasonable levels of peace and quiet, especially between 11pm and 6am.

“People treat this as a playground where they can make as much noise as they like. The situation is hopelessly out of control.”

Suffolk Police fear the longer hours will lead to night-clubbers hanging around and causing trouble.

 

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