Ke­bab van cou­ple have nowhere to go

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Kirsty Parkin

Fast-food busi­ness is left home­less af­ter move

THE own­ers of a fast food van say they feel they have been forced out of the com­mu­nity they love.

Rose Brighty and her part­ner have been sell­ing burg­ers and ke­babs in Stan­hope for seven years.

The van was forced to move from its per­ma­nent patch next to The Nelson when the pub closed as part of the es­tate’s multi-mil­lion re­vamp.

Since then Miss Brighty, 26, of Cryol Road, South Ash­ford, has been un­able to find a suit­able spot.

“At the start of the month we moved to Speld­hurst Close, near the Mini Mar­ket, but we had threats from peo­ple say­ing they would burn the busi­ness if we left it there.

“We moved to the other end of Speld­hurst Close by the flats and had no prob­lems but then the coun­cil told us to move.”

Miss Brighty has sub­mit­ted a for­mal plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a site for the van which has been op­posed by some res­i­dents who say the van is un­sightly and a tar­get for anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

This is some­thing she re­futes.

Trou­ble

“You will al­ways get some peo­ple not want­ing the van next to their home,” said the mother-ofthree.

“But we have never had any prob­lems with vi­o­lence or trou­ble.

“All the kids used to come to chat and eat and if any­thing it keeps them out of trou­ble.”

In the mean­time she has moved the van near the Fat Fid­dler pub, in Sta­tion Road.

The loss of her loyal cus­tomers is caus­ing the busi­ness to suf­fer.

“Ev­ery­body knew us in Stan­hope,” she said.

“It’s not fair that we have been moved off when we have been so well-es­tab­lished.

“We are a com­mu­nity busi­ness and the van is our liveli­hood.”

We had threats from peo­ple say­ing they would burn the busi­ness if we left it there

Pic­ture Terry Scott pd1210503

Rose Brighty with her chef Adam Ahmed out­side the mo­bile food van

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