3:12pm Monday 25th March 2013
By Andrew Napier
WINCHESTER licensing chiefs have approved a city centre takeaway pizza application to deliver until 5am.
The city council said it could not oppose Solent Pizza Delivery’s plans for the Domino Pizza branch in Upper Brook Street as a previous operator had had a similar licence.
That operator has been dissolved and so the licence had lapsed through an administrative error, according to a council report.
There were numerous objections from residents in Parchment Street to the licence transfer, including a petition with 58 names.
Nick and Sophia Mirchandani said the opening hours were “entirely inappropriate” in a primarily residential area.
Roger Backhouse said: “This is not a service that is needed in the residential heart of this city in the early hours of the morning. The operators are noisy and invasive. Extended noise throughout the night is unacceptable.”
Robert and Valerie Weller, of Upper Brook Street, said when Domino opened they were assured trading would stop at midnight. “We have no problem with responsible trading within reasonable hours, but this idea is anti-social, anti-environmental and unhealthy!!!”
The licensing sub-committee approved the premises licence for Solent Pizza Delivery. Counter sales cease at 1am.
Licensing manager John Myall urged any residents who felt they had problems to tell the council. “They need to tell us so we can deal with it there and then and not let it get worse, or flag it up when someone wants to vary a licence.”
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