Banned burger van will trade
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.