Ilford fast food restaurant allowed to open later

Published:
11:21 am 10 August 2022



A fast food restaurant in Ilford can stay open later after being given the green light by councillors.

Bim’s in Ilford Lane will now be allowed to welcome customers for an additional hour, until 1am on weekdays and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

At a licensing subcommittee hearing that lasted nearly three hours, neighbor Ayse Mehmet argued that the ‘constant noise’ of drivers revving their engines and the beeps was affecting her children’s sleep and had prevented from “feeling human”.

But Bim’s solicitor David Dadds said the neighbor was ‘exaggerating’ and argued her noise issues shouldn’t be considered a public nuisance in a legal sense because no one else had complained. .

In a ruling released last week following the June 28 hearing, the committee granted the request for later hours but noted concerns about noise, mopeds obstructing the road and blocking the driveway. Ayse.

The ruling said the case was “borderline” because the nuisance was not sufficient to engage the “public nuisance license purposes”.

Mr Dadds had argued that Bim’s had ‘worked with neighbours’ to allay concerns, after previous requests to extend its hours had ’20 or 30 objections’.

In 2020, a committee refused to allow Bim’s to be open until 1am on weekends, citing “littering and anti-social behaviour”, but later granted the request after a “trial”.

Midway through the hearing, committee member Zulfiqar Hussain recused himself after Mr Dadds accused him of ‘confirmation bias’ for asking whether later hours would increase the risk of anti-social behaviour.

In his question, Cllr Hussain had included examples of anti-social behavior such as street drinking, nuisance, crime and disorder.

Clementswood’s adviser left the hearing but issued a statement through the committee’s legal adviser denying ‘any bias’.

In response to noise concerns, the committee set a condition that no burger orders could be accepted “after 30 minutes before closing time”.

In October 2020, the Met fined Bim’s Ilford on the spot £1,000 for serving a burger to a customer ten minutes after the 10pm curfew.

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