Kebab van owner given licence to open breakfast business in A38 lay-by near Thornbury
A KEBAB van owner has been given a licence to run a breakfast business in a lay-by near Thornbury, despite objections from neighbours.
Rudgeway residents said the Tasty Kebabs van, located on a lay-by on the A38 Gloucester Road south of the village, has no toilets – and said there was a “strong smell of urine” on nearby bushes because some customers use them as a loo.
Residents also told South Gloucestershire Council the kebab van attracted rubbish and fly-tipping, leads to congestion and lorries blocking the lay-by (pictured above).
Yuzeur Seyfula, who runs the kebab van, told a council licensing hearing that staff could use toilets in a nearby plumbing shop, and said he took pride in keeping the area around his van clean and tidy.
He said any smell of urine “would not be beneficial” to his business.
Mr Seyfula applied for a street trading consent from the council to open a new breakfast van in the lay-by, Tom’s Brekkie, trading from 7am until 2pm.
Tasty Kebabs currently runs from 4pm until midnight.
Councillors in the licensing committee heard from Mr Seyfula and concerned neighbours during the hearing today, and granted him a trading licence.
One neighbour said: “A couple of times my granddaughter has to come to stay, and we walk past the lay-by.
"I always take a wide berth going past, as the smell of urine is so strong.
"I’m very surprised it’s used as a fast food outlet.
"It’s chock-a-block already, and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.”
Another neighbour said: “The customers have nowhere to use a toilet. We’ve witnessed countless people going into the quarry [behind the lay-by], and that’s not hygienic.
"When the van is parked in the lay-by, HGVs can’t park there. People have been parking on the grass verge. I’ve even witnessed [lorry drivers] parking on the A38 – it’s only a two-lane road and that’s a real problem.”
Staff working at the food van would be able to use toilets at the nearby North Bristol Plumbing Supplies shop, about a kilometre away, according to Mr Seyfula.
Speaking through an interpreter, he told the hearing that the council had installed a bin by the lay-by, which customers could use for rubbish.
And he suggested the council could install cameras to deter litter.
Through his interpreter Mr Seyfula said: “He has traded for a long time in the food industry. He’s a family man and is supporting his daughter going to university to study law.
"The reason for the application is to help the business to pick up and generate more sales.
"He’s supported by his wife, and would employ two more staff, so they have enough time to go and use the toilets.
"He has never had any customers ask to use any toilet facilities."
By Alex Seabrook, Local Democracy Reporting Service