Police object to new licence application

Samanta takeaway on St Nicholas Street.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114785

Samanta takeaway on St Nicholas Street. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114785

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AN APPLICATION for a new takeaway licence in St Thomas Street is being opposed because of concerns over anti-social behaviour.

Bosses at Samanta Takeaway have applied for the new Premises Licence but North Yorkshire Police has raised the objections.

The matter is due to be considered by members of Scarborough Council’s Licensing Committee on Wednesday.

Mark Heaton, a licensing officer with Scarborough Council, said that the business was within the town’s Culmulative Impact Area and the current policy aimed to reduce crime and disorder.

He added that North Yorkshire Police said that St Thomas Street was one of the busiest streets within Scarborough’s night-time economy.

“They go on to state that Samanta is also situated next to three taxi ranks where customers gather in crowds late into the evening waiting for taxis,” he said.

“There are high levels of violence and anti-social behaviour reported within St Thomas Street. North Yorkshire Police also state that whilst Samanta was operating under a previous licence there were a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour and crime reported during 2009 and 2010.”

Scarborough Police have recommended that a digital CCTV system should be installed if the licence is granted.

It would cover the customer area and be of “good evidential value” and shall be stored for 21 days.