Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Councillors welcome return of kebab van

A KEBAB van should be allowed to set up in a Henley car park, say town councillors.

A KEBAB van should be allowed to set up in a Henley car park, say town councillors.

They have recommended that a planning application by Mohammad Seylani-Zadeh to return to Greys Road car park following a 10-year absence should be approved.

He traded there for 15 years but closed in 2005 to go to Iran following the death of his father.

Mr Seylani-Zadeh wants to set up on a pitch near the car park entrance off Market Place, a few yards south of the over-60s club. His van would take up no more than three car lengths and would be parked on the pavement rather than in a bay.

It would open at 7pm every day and close at midnight on a Sunday, at 1am from Monday to Wednesday, at 2am on Thursdays and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Mayor Martin Akehurst told the council’s planning committee: “He has had to jump through a lot of hoops to reach this stage and I have no problem with him being here.”

Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin said: “He was a wholly responsible person who kept the area very clean and tidy so I have no concerns.”

South Oxfordshire District Council, which owns the car park, will decide the application by February 9.

Last year, Mr Seylani-Zadeh applied to the district council for a trader’s licence, which he must also secure before he can trade. The town council supported his application but the district council turned it down because he had completed the paperwork incorrectly.

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