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Leyton High Road takeaway granted 3am weekend license

The council also approved Sami’z Chicken & Pizza’s request to open until 2am on weekdays, reports Sebastian Mann, Local Democracy Reporter

Leyton High Road

A Leytonstone takeaway will be able to stay open much later into the night after Waltham Forest Council partly approved the owner’s plans.

Mohtasim Pal, owner of Sami’z Chicken & Pizza in High Road, had applied to extend his hours from 11pm until 2am on weekdays and until 4am on weekends.

The shop only serves food and soft drinks, and does not sell alcohol.

Five residents had submitted objections to the committee prior to a licensing committee meeting on Tuesday (June 25th).

They focused on increased noise, the potential impact on young families and elderly residents nearby, and expressed concern it could become a gathering spot for “disruptive” crowds.

One resident wrote in an email to the committee: “Extended hours often lead to an increase in antisocial behavior such as loitering, littering, and vandalism.

“The presence of a late-night establishment can attract crowds that may engage in loud conversations, arguments, and other disruptive behaviors.”

She urged the committee to consider the “wellbeing” of the community and deny Mohtasim’s application.

None showed up in person to contest the application.

After a brief hearing on Tuesday, the team of three councillors granted Mohtasim a partial extension. Its new operating hours will be until 2am on weeknights and 3am on weekends.

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The business owner said it was a family-run establishment and he had received no complaints since it began operating in 2018.

He added there would be three members of staff at the shop and they would be trained to use CCTV cameras. Bins would also not be emptied after 11pm in an effort to keep noise down.

No objections were made by Metropolitan Police, who will step in if officers feel a license extension could be detrimental to the community’s safety.

Mohtasim said he had consulted with the force, and its only concern was ensuring there was CCTV in operation.

He told Raja Anwar, who determined the application alongside fellow councillors Gerry Lyons and committee chairwoman Sally Littlejohn, that he had never to call the police over an incident at the shop.

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service after the hearing, Mohtasim said: “I’m really pleased with the decision.

“Even staying open until 3am will make a big difference, especially on the weekend. I’m very happy to have got support from the council.”

A KFC restaurant on the same road closes at 2am, while another takeaway further down the road closes at midnight.

License extensions can be turned down for a variety of reasons.

In the neighouring borough of Redbridge, the council’s licensing committee has rejected multiple applications this year over fears they could have worsened street-drinking and antisocial behaviour.

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