Roberta Blackman-Woods MP for the City of Durham has expressed grave concerns about applications that have been submitted to Durham County Council in an attempt to extend opening hours for 4 separate hot food takeaways on Claypath from 11pm closing times to 3am in the morning, seven days a week.
“It’s bad enough that residents living in the city centre have to endure noise and disruption from the Walkergate development. Now they are facing takeaways in Claypath wanting to stay open to ridiculous hours meaning that residents could be disturbed up to and beyond 3am in the morning.
“This is simply not acceptable in a small city and I am pleased that Durham County Council is recommending refusal of the applications. I have written to the Council vehemently objecting to these proposals which are totally unsuitable for our historic city.
“I did fear that the new student development in Claypath which is currently being built, and will have almost 450 bed spaces, would put additional pressures on the local community and it seems as though this could be the case.
“Traders attempting to open until 3am really are irresponsible and it shows a lack of consideration for the permanent residents of the city. It looks like they are trying to turn the whole of the city centre into a giant nightclub open to 3am in the morning.
“For the sake of the future of the city these applications must surely be refused.”