Plans to revive Whitley Bay late-night takeaway spark concerns of anti-social behaviour

222 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.
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Whitley Bay could see the return of a takeaway spot but concerns persist over its proposed 4am closing time.

North Tyneside Council’s licensing committee is set to consider an application for the return of King Kebab on 222 Whitley Road. The application includes a provision to provide late-night refreshments from 11pm to 4am every day, alongside general opening hours of 10am to 4am daily.

Part of the application reads: “The premises is an established hot food takeaway within a terrace of retail shops, cafes and drinking establishments." It goes on to say that the premises has operated as a hot food takeaway since the mid-1980s but has an expired late-night food licence.

However, the proposals to revive the outlet have generated concern with some written objections to the council.

One resident wrote: “This will be three takeaway kebab and pizza operations in one small triangle. This trade in these hours gives unsocial behaviour to the residents nearby.

“The noise is the first problem as it travels so easily in the small hours, as the customers have often arrived for food once they have left late-night drinking establishments."

The objector continued: “While they are waiting they need toilet facilities which aren't available now, so the nearest back lane is used.”

The application also states the number of staff will increase to cover longer hours and busy periods to serve customers as quickly as possible. In addition, CCTV is set to be installed to discourage anti-social behaviour.

The application also stipulated: “Doors and windows will be closed and the main entrance door has a self-closing divide to control any undue noise. No noise-reducing equipment will be present.”

Elected committee members will gather at North Tyneside Council’s Cobalt HQ to decide on the application on Wednesday, June 5 at 10am.