The fight against fast food continues: Cranbrook councillors object to kebab van’s seven-days-a-week trading bid

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:39 10 December 2018

A kebab van's bid for street trading in Cranbrook has drawn criticism from the town council. Picture: Getty Images

A kebab van's bid for street trading in Cranbrook has drawn criticism from the town council. Picture: Getty Images

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A kebab van’s bid to pitch up in a Cranbrook road for six hours, seven-days-a-week, has faced strong opposition from the town council.

Yavuz Ibrahim, who runs Yummy Kebab, has submitted a street trading application to East Devon District Council to operate from Burrough Fields between 4pm to 10pm on Monday to Sunday.

The move raised several concerns from town councillors when they met at the Younghayes Centre last Monday (December 3).

Councillor Matt Osborn said he previously supported existing food vans Flippy Chippy and La Cantina because they provided the town with an amenity residents didn’t have access to.

He said: “I feel like this is going beyond what a street trading van should be and street trading licence should be granted for - this is a permanent fixture.

“I don’t believe that is to be taken in the same merit as the same applications I previously supported.”

Cllr Osborn said the application is an ‘over-embellishment’ of bids the council has already said ‘no’ to, adding: “To say yes to this in any way, shape or form would just be contradictory.”

Cllr Kevin Blakey, chairman of Cranbrook Town Council, said he would want to reject the bid on the grounds that an introduction of a kebab van would not help Cranbrook to attract permanently sited businesses to establish and grow in the town.

He said: “What is proposed here is essentially a permanent business but just with wheels, so there are no business rates being paid. People will argue, I’m sure, that we are not supporting local business, but that’s actually not true. What I think we should be supporting is local business, not necessarily the businesses who can come and go as they wish and don’t bring any commercial benefit to the town.”

Cllr Blakey said that the council is only a consultee in the process and it is ‘disappointing’ when it is reported by some people that the authority has made a decision.

The council unanimously voted to object to the application on the grounds of the proposed location, the effect on other businesses permanently based in the town, that it does not fit in with its Healthy New Town ethos, and the request was for too long a period.

Previously, the council objected to a street trading request for La Cantina food van and did not support or object against another request from Flippy Chippy.

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