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Residents kick up a stink over curry-nation street

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 18, 2010

Apne Indian Cuisine

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A LATE-NIGHT licence for a new Indian restaurant in Burton has been given the go-ahead — despite complaints from neighbours that the street already stinks of “onion and curry.”

Apne Indian Cuisine in Cross Street was backed by East Staffordshire Borough Council’s licensing committee amid fears from nearby residents that the business would fuel “unpleasant” smells and noise they claim are already intolerable from existing premises.

Patricia Johnston, of Milton Street, said: “I’m not against anyone trying to set up new businesses in the area. But I do object to the overpowering smells and the noise that will surely follow.

“You can’t have your windows open for all the different smells wafting into the house, while you want to eat your own food.”
However, the applicant Azmal Hussain moved to allay residents’ concerns, claiming he was seeking to launch a new business venture which would create employment in the area and would abide by the licensing rules.

He said: “Of course, everything that is cooked creates a different smell, but there are other establishments set in the area as well and I have agreed with all the conditions set out by the planning department and the police.

“I want to create a successful business with more job opportunities.” David Leese, chairman of the licensing committee, said: “We have sympathy for the residents living nearby, with regards to issues surrounding the noise, smells and parking problems.

“However, these issues have arisen due to other premises and not with regards to this application.

“The applicant has also complied with stipulations set out by Staffordshire Police and we are therefore happy to grant this licence.”
Permission for a late-night licence was granted until 11.30pm Monday to Saturday and 11pm on Sundays, with all customers expected to leave the premises by midnight Monday to Saturday and 11.30pm on Sundays.

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  • Burton Mail  |  March 14 2012, 2:26PM

    LOLz... Go on 'apne'! I don't think this will affect cross street and neighbour areas anyway cos they stink already. In response to MM77, i don't think they'll loose their sleeps if you don't visit them. peace

  • Burton Mail  |  August 19 2010, 1:05AM

    We have the same problem here where i live,too many take aways,restaraunts,i have never been in them and never wiil,but the stench is awful at times,you can not leave the windows open.