Banned burger van will trade

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

A BURGER van that was banned from Peter­bor­ough af­ter it was claimed the out­let had be­come a mag­net for trou­ble­mak­ers has started trad­ing again.

City Ke­bab, in Lax­ton Square, Peter­bor­ough, has been granted tem­po­rary per­mis­sion by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil to trade from the van on the four busiest nights of the new year pe­riod.

But this time the van will be set up in front of the Brit­ta­nia unit on Midgate, which is about 50 me­tres from its former po­si­tion, from 11pm un­til 5am.

The van was trad­ing on Fri­day and Christ­mas Eve and will be in place at the new lo­ca­tion on De­cem­ber 30 and New Year’s Eve.

City Ke­bab bosses had been told in Oc­to­ber that their mo­bile burger van would not have its li­cence re­newed by coun­cil bosses.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the coun­cil and Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice both felt the van was a mag­net for an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, and an ap­peal by City Ke­bab against the ban last month was re­jected.

Po­lice records show that while the van was in Lax­ton Square the po­lice re­ceived an av­er­age of seven re­ports a month of fights in the square.

But in the month since the van was re­moved on Oc­to­ber 14 of­fi­cers were called out just twice to fights there be­tween rev­ellers.

It is hoped there will be less vi­o­lence if peo­ple con­gre­gate at the new spot on Midgate be­cause the area is gen­er­ally not as busy as the rest of the cen­tre.

City Ke­bab’s owner Serkan Gok­men said: “We hope to re­open the van fully in the new year on ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day.

“If it goes well, we will sell from Midgate, but we would pre­fer to be back up in Lax­ton Square, where we are nearer to the clubs.

“We have to test out new places. This isn’t as good a place as the last spot but at least we will be able to sell food from the van.”

A coun­cil spokes­woman said: “A tem­po­rary li­cence for a hot food unit on Midgate has been granted be­cause it is a less con­gested part of the city cen­tre at night and there­fore less likely to at­tract an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

“We pre­vi­ously re­jected an ap­pli­ca­tion for a hot food unit to trade in Lax­ton Square fol­low­ing com­ments made by Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice around anti-so­cial be­hav­iour at this lo­ca­tion.

“It was felt that grant­ing con­sent to trade hot food in this lo­ca­tion dur­ing the night-time pe­riod may lead to con­tin­ued, or an in­crease, in anti-so­cial and vi­o­lent be­hav­iour.”

On New Year’s Eve there will be live mu­sic in Cathe­dral Square and fire­works from 8pm.

Night­clubs open un­til 3am in­clude The Met Lounge, on Bridge Street and Fever and Bou­tique, on Broad­way.

Liq­uid Envy, on New Road, will be open un­til 4am, while Pulse8, on Geneva Street, will be open un­til 6am – with last en­trance at 3.30am.

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