Anger over takeaway hours bid

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NEIGHBOURS and businesses have begged for plans to extend a takeaway’s opening hours to be thrown out because of the misery they claim it already causes.

People who live and work in North Road, in Durham City, have objected to an application by Domino’s Pizza to increase its hours so it can open from 11am until 2.30am every day.

Objectors say the shop already attracts drunks, vandalism and litter and have complained about urine and vomit also left on the pavements.

The business, which is a franchise run by Marino Foods, says measures including CCTV, panic alarms and other security features are in place as part of its efforts to keep staff and customers safe.

Mediation is to take place between its bosses, nearby businesses and residents ahead of a meeting of Durham County Council’s statutory licensing sub-committee tomorrow, which will make a decision on the application.

Concerns of businesses and residents are included in a report to the council, with one neighbour saying “it is rapidly becoming a nightmarish place to live”.

The shop’s hours are currently noon until 11.30pm on Monday to Thursday and Sunday, and noon until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

The application will be put before the committee at the meeting at 10am tomorrow in the council chamber of Chester-le-Street Civic Centre.