Neigh­bour scup­pers bid to ex­tend li­cens­ing un­til 3am

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Coun­cil chiefs have turned down a Nepalese restau­rant’s bid to ex­tend its open­ing hours un­til 3am.

Gurkha Villa in Bank Street had ap­plied to vary its li­cens­ing con­di­tions, which were ap­plied when the venue used to be run as a bar.

The li­cens­ing times al­lowed the restau­rant to re­main open un­til 4am on Fri­days and Satur­days, but were more re­stric­tive dur­ing the week.

Sukaa, which runs the restau­rant, ap­plied to change the times it could be open, serve al­co­hol, and play live mu­sic and films, un­til 3am ev­ery day.

But the 11am to 3am open­ing times plan met with an ob­jec­tion from Qiang Zheng, who lives in a flat above the prop­erty.

Father-of three Mr Zheng said: “The restau­rant is dis­turb­ing my fam­ily to such an ex­tent that it is af­fect­ing the qual­ity and en­joy­ment of my home.

“We are very rea­son­able and tol­er­ant and we fully un­der- stand the restau­rant be­low is run­ning a busi­ness.

“We don’t mind the mu­sic up un­til 11pm but if you were to ex­tend to 3am this would be dis­as­trous and would cause much stress to our young fam­ily.”

At a coun­cil l i cens­ing sub-com­mit­tee meet­ing on Tues­day, coun­cil­lors re­jected the ap­pli­ca­tion by Sukaa for the Gurkha Villa’s vari­a­tion of hours.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “The ap­pli­ca­tion to vary their premises li­cence was re­jected as in­valid.

“This was due to a num­ber of er­rors made by the ap­pli­ca­tion within their pub­lic no­tice.

“In or­der to pur­sue their vari­a­tion, they will need to re­sub­mit in full ac­cor­dance with the Li­cens­ing Act.”

Gurkha Villa in Bank Street

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