D-DAY is approaching this weekend for a hot food takeaway in South Shields Town Centre after its plan to remain open until five o’clock in the morning was blocked.
Mohammed Bughio, owner of Dixy Chicken in the town’s Denmark Centre, had applied to the council’s licensing and regulatory committee to extend its opening hours from Friday through to Sunday.
I’m not really happy with this, but we’ll see how it goes this weekend and make a judgement after that.
Northumbria Police objected to the application on the grounds that it could lead to increased drunkenness, noise and disorder.
In the event, the meeting was cancelled after Mr Bughio and the police came up with a compromise for the venue to remain open until 3am.
But Mr Bughio said it was a compromise to which he is not entirely happy.
He believes most revellers remain in town centre nightspots until around 3am.
And he says the best trading time for his business would be in the two hours after customers leave those venues.
Mr Bughio said: “I’m not really happy with this, but we’ll see how it goes this weekend and make a judgement after that.
“I may have to come back and ask for an extension of the hours, maybe until 4am. We’ll have to see.”
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Licensing applications are agreed by the licensing committee.
“Anyone who wishes to review them can apply to do so.”