Kebab van couple have nowhere to go
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.
“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
Rose Brighty with her chef Adam Ahmed outside the mobile food van