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Calls to halt later hours plan amid mess claims.

Byline: IAN JOHNSON @Ian_JohnsonGaz

DISGUSTED residents have objected to plans to extend opening at a Yarm takeaway amid claims louts have turned a nearby alley into a "latrine".

Pictures supplied to the council by neighbours appear to show the extent of anti-social waste people are having to put up with in the alleyway close to Yarm's Pizza and Co.

They have been used as evidence by objectors to get plans for the takeaway to open an extra hour scrapped.

The shop is seeking permission from Stockton Council to stay open an hour later, closing at midnight.

Objectors claim drunks are using the backstreet known as Lord Nelson's Yard as a toilet, while others claim to have caught people urinating on their driveways.

They fear that if Stockton Council allows the pizza shop to open for just one more hour, the problem could get worse.

"The walls are frequently used for public urination and on occasions defecation, and there is regular vomit, cigarette butts and broken glass littering the entrance," said one local.

Boss Mohammad Abdul wants permission to open the high street takeaway until midnight. Currently it can open until 11pm.

The shop hit headlines for unique plan deliver Pizza Based in the unit which was formerly occupied by the 'Truly Scrumptious' s a n d - wich shop, he claims he needs to open later to make the business model "efficient".

But it isn't just the mess that is annoying residents, with objectors also complaining of rowdy youths.

"Further problems have occurred due to (the youths) sitting on shop steps and standing in doorways and this is rather unnerving for older people passing by and living near due to gang culture," wrote an objector.

Stockton Council's Statutory Licencing Committee was to have the final say on the plans at a meeting yesterday.

Councillors had to make the decision instead of officers due to the number of objections.

But residents feared that should the plans be passed, it would set a precedent in the town for other takeaways to open later.

And another objector wrote: "There is an existing anti-social behaviour problem emanating around the pizza outlet already.

"This will be greatly exaggerated in the event of the licence being granted."


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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 3, 2017
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