Thai takeaway truck could cause 'racial conflicts' says owner of Indian restaurant

The opening of a Thai takeaway trailer would lead to racial conflicts and trade wars on a High Street, says an existing business owner who is opposed to it. The unnamed owner is one of 13 people who have objected to Colin Thorne and Adelind Au’s bid to trade on the forecourt outside 109 High Street in Worle, North Somerset. Other objections to The Thai Truck are over claims parking is already at breaking point and that late night problems would be exacerbated.

The applicants have applied for a licence to serve freshly prepared Thai food from 6.30pm until 11pm Sunday to Friday and until 11.59pm on Saturdays.

Photograph illustration provided with licencing application to show where and what the positioning of the truck would look like

Objecting, the owner of an Indian takeaway, whose name was redacted from North Somerset Council documents, said: “We admire people’s efforts in bettering one’s life but please consider we have almost a war on this High Street in Worle due to racial conflicts as well as trading wars among each other. “I am trying to be as honest as possible because it’s already hard enough to pay high rent and on top VAT.  “Although this business is an Indian business, we already have a Thai and Chinese takeaway only two doors down and also another within almost 150 metres.

“And to top off the scale [there are] two fish and chips opposite each other, and two cafes and also another Indian restaurant, and another three Chinese and Thai and [a] burger van near to us.  “We have been very loyal and [I’m] sure you can understand this will not only create racial conflict but also trade wars.” Councillors Roz Willis and Lisa Pilgrim have also spoken against the cumulative impact of having another takeaway in the high street. 

If Thai Truck gets the go-ahead, it will be serving food in the car park of Swift Home Solutions.  Another objector said: “There are already numerous late night food and retail/service outlets, including three takeaways, off licence and tanning shop, to name just a few, all of which open late at night.  “This already causes nightly disturbances with cars coming and going, shouting, loud conversation, etc. 

“Besides this, parking is at breaking point and way beyond the capacity for the number of vehicles using these services.  “Parking restrictions are flouted on a regular basis. There is a serious safety risk to those members of the public using the pavements. 

“There are also serious concerns for increased litter and noise, besides the environmental impact. 

“This site is wholly inappropriate for a mobile takeaway.”

The application will go before North Somerset Council’s licensing committee on December 10.

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