A restaurant owner who wanted to start selling kebabs from a layby near a busy junction in Iron Acton has been advised to find a safer location.
Isa Kepil, who owns an Italian restaurant in Yate, applied to set up his “Best Kebab” van in a small layby in Wade Road, off the B4059 Yate Road where it joins a busy roundabout.
But South Gloucestershire Council rejected Mr Kepil’s application on June 11, saying the presence of the 20-foot long trailer on such a “fast busy junction” would have affected public safety.
There would not have been enough space for customers to park their cars and, at seven feet wide, the trailer would have blocked the way of large farm vehicles and caused visibility problems for drivers, Mr Kepil was told.
A licensing sub-committee heard Mr Kepil had applied to sell hot food and cold drinks from his trailer between 5pm and 11pm, seven days a week.
He promised to park the trailer behind his Yate business, Milano Italian, outside of these hours, and to provide a bin for customers’ rubbish which he would dispose of each night.
But a married couple who live nearby expressed their concerns about the potential for noise, litter and odour from the kebab van, which they also said would block access to a cycle path.
They said it would make it even more difficult for them to exit Wade Road, a process which can already take up to eight minutes because of traffic.
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Mr Kepil’s kebab trailer would also have presented a “huge obstruction” for agricultural machinery returning to the nearby Bradfield Farm each night, the committee heard.
Combine harvesters and tractors with trailers begin turning into Wade Road to get back to the farm at about 9pm each night, a spokesman for the farm owner said.
Mr Kepil, who runs the “Best Kebab” van between the Hyundai garage and Thornbury junction in Alverston, said he did not think the trailer would present a problem.
But committee chair, Conservative councillor Keith Cranney, said: “The licensing sub-committee considered the presence of the proposed street trading activity would cause an obstruction to the neighbouring farm property and that the particular location applied for, being located on a fast busy junction, and with insufficient parking space for customer vehicles, would have an impact on public safety.”