Bangor University Kebab
THE owners of a Bangor takeaway have hit back over a dispute about an application to extend its opening hours.
At a recent meeting of the city council’s planning and amenities committee, councillors discussed Shahin Kebab House’s licence application to stay open until 3am from Sunday to Thursday and 3.30am on Friday and Saturday.
But the owners of Shahin have criticised the council for “falsely portraying its application”.
A spokesman for the management at Shahin Kebab House said: “A council member wrongly stated the kebab house only holds a licence until 11pm.
“In fact, Shahin currently holds a late night licence until 2am from Sunday to Thursday and until 2.30am on Friday and Saturday and has been trading under these hours since 2005.
“The kebab house has applied to extend these opening hours by one extra hour to 3am from Sunday through to Thursday and until 3.30am on Friday and Saturday.
“This extension is in response to numerous requests to the management from customers who include local residents, late night workers and neighbouring establishments.”
For the last eight weekends, Shahin has already been opening until these times on Friday and Saturday under a temporary events notice agreed by Gwynedd Council to trial its planned extended opening hours.
Throughout this period, it has worked with MP Security to provide door staff to help manage crowds of customers.
A spokesman for MP Security said: “During this time, we have experienced no cases of violence or anti-social behaviour despite this being one of the busiest periods during the year when students return to university.”
The security firm, who also provide services to the Octagon nightclub and other businesses in the area have made a written statement in support of the licence application.
They have noted the extended opening hours actually help reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour by drawing people away from the large groups that remain outside clubs after closing.