Oswaldtwistle residents are up in arms as a takeaway bids to get permission to stay open until 2am seven days a week.
People living near Taste of Italy in Union Road, have submitted a petition with 48 signatures to object to proposals by the fast food shop to extend their opening times from 11pm to 2pm nightly.
In the application, submitted to Hyndurn Borough Council, Cem Aktarma, of Cemkay Limited, who owns Taste of Italy, states that safety would be ensured by training staff, having CCTV at the premises and never allowing more than two children inside unaccompanied.
However comments in the petition, submitted on October 19 by residents in Union Road, Rhydings Street and Lord Street, cite a host of concerns.
Fears include ‘more youths and teenagers hanging around the area late at night’ and an increase in antisocial behaviour.
Objectors said: “The noise level late at night will increase with other takeaways open in the area and too many people gathering late at night.
“Late night revellers will attend after pubs have closed.
“The traffic another takeaway would cause would be hazardous and cause more disruption late at night for residents.
“There are too many late night takeaways already in the area, we do not need another one.”
Despite this, Mr Aktarma insists the concerns are unfounded and that he will not in fact be staying open until 2am, but just wants ‘peace of mind’.
He said: “I can assure people that I am not planning on opening until 2am.
“I will still close at 11pm, but I don’t want an officer coming in when I am closing up and mopping up at five minutes past 11.
“We don’t really serve after 11, it’s just to have peace of mind.”
He added that he and his staff often stay in the accommodation above the takeaway and that he ‘finds it peaceful’
“There are not many residents on that street,” he said. “I don’t get any difficulties. All around the shop are CCTV monitors and lighting. I’m aware of children’s protection and public nuisance.”
Mr Aktarma is hopeful that the application will be granted at a hearing on Thursday, November 12, and said: “I am pretty sure I am going to have it. Just because these people have collected signatures I don’t think it will cause an issue.”