A curry house has been granted a licence to stay open to midnight despite residents’ objections.
Din Dins Tandoori on Auchterarder’s High Street was granted an extended catering licence for three nights a week by Perth and Kinross Council after the owners argued that opening late would not create extra noise or litter.
Owner Muhammad Kashif and his wife told PKC’s licensing committee that they were responding to requests from punters for the takeaway to stay open later. They asked to extend their daily opening times from 4-11pm to 4pm to midnight.
Two objectors had written in to try to prevent the late licence being granted to Din Dins Tandoori because of increased late-night noise.
Nursen Bilginer, who lives above the carry-out, was at a hearing held on Thursday.
The mother-of-two told members she feared there would be a rise in anti-social behaviour if the business was allowed to trade late.
“Already people make noise before 11pm, it’s getting worse, keeping my young children awake and frightened, customers gathering outside the shop are causing a nuisance in the neighbourhood,” she said.
“If the late licence is allowed there will be people hanging around, drinking, swearing and using the corner as a toilet. They also leave cans and litter at the bus stop.”
Responding to Mrs Bilginer’s comments, Shabana Kashif said: “I’ve stayed late to tidy up and clean after we close at 11pm.
“There’s never been any trouble with drunk customers ‘hanging about’. They take their food and leave. Litter is not a problem either.
“Auchterarder is one of the cleanest areas I’ve ever seen and an extension of our business hours would not make any difference to that.”
Licensing committee convenor Jack Coburn questioned Mrs Bilginer about previous businesses run from the 82 High Street premises.
He discovered that two years ago, before another food business ran the shop, Mrs Bilginer had run a kebab shop there and that her business had obtained a late licence to sell food till midnight.
Mrs Bilginer confirmed there had not been any trouble with late-night customers when her Turkish kebab shop had been running.
After private discussion, the committee decided to allow Din Dins, which opened in April, to have their licence extended to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and for their closing time to remain at 11pm on the four other days of the week.
Police officers said there would be increased attention given to late-night patrols in the area.