Kebab van plan for lay-by near busy roundabout is rejected

June 12 2019
Kebab van plan for lay-by near busy roundabout is rejected

A restaurant owner who wanted to start selling kebabs from a lay-by near a busy junction has been told to find a safer location.

Isa Kepil, who owns an Italian restaurant in the town, applied to set up his Best Kebab van in a small lay-by in Wade Road, off the B4059 Yate Road to Iron Acton.

The site, above, is close to the roundabout where Yate Road meets Iron Acton Way and Armstrong Way, by the Beeches industrial estate.

South Gloucestershire Council rejected Mr Kepil’s application yesterday, saying the presence of the 20ft long trailer on such a “fast, busy junction” would have affected public safety.

There would not have been enough space for customers to park their cars and, at seven feet wide, the trailer would have blocked the way of large farm vehicles and caused visibility problems for drivers, Mr Kepil was told.

A licensing sub-committee heard that Mr Kepil had applied to sell hot food and cold drinks from his trailer between 5pm and 11pm, seven days a week.

He promised to park the trailer behind his Yate business, Milano Italian, outside of these hours, and to provide a bin for customers’ rubbish, which he would dispose of each night.

Wade Road site

Above: The proposed site, circled, for the kebab van to trade seven days per week

But a couple who live nearby expressed their concerns about the potential for noise, litter and odour from the kebab van, which they also said would block access to a cycle path.

They said it would make it even more difficult for them to exit Wade Road, a process which can already take up to eight minutes because of traffic.

Mr Kepil’s kebab trailer would also have presented a “huge obstruction” for agricultural machinery returning to the nearby Bradfield Farm each night, the committee heard.

Combine harvesters and tractors with trailers begin turning into Wade Road to get back to the farm at about 9pm each night, a spokesman for the farm owner said.

Mr Kepil, who runs the Best Kebab van near the junction of the A38 and Thornbury Road in Alveston, said he did not think the trailer would present a problem.

But committee chair councillor Keith Cranney (Con, Stoke Gifford) said: “The licensing sub-committee considered the presence of the proposed street trading activity would cause an obstruction to the neighbouring farm property and that the particular location applied for, being located on a fast busy junction, and with insufficient parking space for customer vehicles, would have an impact on public safety.”

By Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporting Service