Pizza shop row ends peacefully

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A PIZZA takeaway has won the right to deliver until the early hours of the morning after objections were withdrawn.

Residents and businesses near Domino’s, in North Road, Durham City, had thought the shop wanted to open to walk-in customers until 2.30am.

But they withdrew their objections when Domino’s said the extra hours were for home delivery only.

“It was a misunderstanding,” licensing officer Karen Monaghan told a meeting of Durham County Council’s statutory licensing sub-committee, at Chester-le-Street Civic Centre.

Domino’s manager Gary Reid said the advance press notice for the application was not clear, which was an error on the company’s behalf.

After a meeting between Domino’s and residents, the company agreed to draw blinds when walk-in sales end at midnight on Friday and Saturday, and at 11.30pm on all other days.

“It will be clear when the shop is not open for passing trade,” said Mr Reid. “We will only be delivering to addresses, not to vehicles or people standing on street corners.

“Domino’s puts out about 300,000 leaflets a year in Durham, and the terms of trade will be made clear in those.

“Each will also contain mobile numbers and email addresses for management, which residents can use if they have any concerns over the operation of the shop.”