Surrey family-run Indian restaurant can sell booze despite fears it will 'disrupt the peace'

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A family-run Indian restaurant in Ashford can now sell alcohol, despite fears of antisocial behaviour and drink driving by some residents. Kesari Kebab on Woodlands Parade can now sell booze from 11am to 11pm every day.

Residents slammed the application for fear that selling alcohol will “disrupt the peace of the tranquil residential area” for families with young children and elderly living nearby.

The plans received ten written objections who raised complaints that selling alcohol would increase anti-social behaviour and cause disturbance. One resident said: “The oise will be unbearable and unacceptable” and impact people's sleep.

Others raised concerned over loud extractor fans, and the affect on house prices in the area and drunk driving. The owner of the restaurant, Jasvinder Singh Jolly, responded to say that Kesari Kebab is “more of a family restaurant rather than a nightclub".

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He said he has invested a lot of money in his restaurant and was looking to expand the business. Only hosting 14 dining tables, enough for 30-40 people, the applicant said he hoped to throw occasional functions and pre-wedding celebrations.

Speaking on behalf of the applicant, Surendra Panchal said there is "no room for dancing" and recorded music will be played at low volumes. Mr Panchal added that the “support of the local people is very important” and he wants them to be “proud” of the business.

Spelthorne Council’s licensing committee granted the new restaurant alcohol licensing on July 10, but added extra conditions to address residents' concerns.

These include delivery drivers waiting in the restaurant for orders, and customers staying in the premises until their taxi home arrives. Open drinks are also banned outside the restaurant.

Previously a wedding dress shop, the Kesari Kebab is located on a small parade of shops which include a Chinese, Indian, a Pizza Takeaway, and a Londis convenience store.

Originally applying for an alcohol licence from 11am to 1am, the applicant reduced the hours due to nearby residents complaining of the “ludicrous” serving times.

All sale of alcohol must be made with a substantial eat-in meal, or part of a takeaway order, the committee heard. Speaking on behalf of the applicant, Surendra Panchal informed members that CCTV cameras and notices asking people to leave the area quietly will also be present.

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