A NEWSAGENT has pleaded with the council not to grant a late-night licence to a neighbouring takeaway.
The owners of Stanley’s newsagents, on Queen Street, Lytham, claim their lives are being made a misery by the fast food outlet, which opened three months ago.
Patricia Stanley said living next to Caesars, on Church Road, was already “soul destroying” – and allowing it to open until midnight would make the situation worse.
The takeaway has applied to Fylde Council to be granted a late night licence, something owner Hussein Khademalla claims is essential to make his business a success.
But Mrs Stanley claims she and her husband – who get up at 5am to open their shop – are already suffering from sleep deprivation because an extractor fan runs close to their bedroom window until 11am.
And she added: “Since Caesars Chicken opened we have had several instances of drunken people congregating outside our shop front and on more than one occasion we have had to stop people urinating on the shop front door.
“Last weekend we opened the shop to find there was vomit on the front doorstep and walkway.
“We have been running our business for 25 years and we have never experienced such a dreadful, soul destroying situation.”
However, Mr Khademalla said he has already made concessions to help his neighbours, including agreeing not to pursue his request to open until 1am.
He believes the nature of his business means it is essential Fylde Council grant his licence so he can remain open until the pubs close.
Mr Khademalla said: “For my business that extra hour is quite vital. We cater for people after they’ve gone to the pubs and we’re in the town centre opposite
The County, which stays open later than us. It will not make any difference to the area.
“This corner was closed for two or three years, it was an eyesore in Lytham and a lot of the neighbouring businesses are very happy with me taking it on.”
The application will be decided by Fylde planners later toady.