Objections to “Taste of Palestine” falafel stall proposal in Chiswick High Rd

Image above: Area where the proposed stall would be; photograph from Mr Eid’s licensing application

Local businesses, some residents and councillors object to application

A proposal to open a falafel stand, called the “Taste of Palestine,” near the junction of the High Road and Chiswick Lane has received pushback from local shops, residents, and councillors. Mr. Fakhri Shaban Yussif Eid, the applicant, has submitted a license application for the food stall to operate outside 81 Chiswick High Road

The proposed stall, which aims to serve hot food, is set to operate from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Residents have raised objections, primarily citing concerns over the potential obstruction of the pavement, lack of proper notification from the council regarding the application, and the possibility of littering and unwanted cooking odours emanating from the stall.

Local businesses have also voiced their disapproval. Blo Bar expressed concern that the falafel stand would spoil the visual appeal of the area and compromise the aesthetics of Chiswick High Road and Chiswick Lane. They went as far as suggesting that the stand could attract rodents to the vicinity.

Meanwhile, DIY shop Brewers noted that the presence of the stall might hamper their visibility and deter customers from entering the store, alluding to the issue of cooking smells penetrating their premises.

Image above: Area where the proposed stall would be; photograph from Mr Eid’s licensing application

Cllr John Todd made an objection on behalf of the recently established My Place café. He said:

“The proposed stall would obstruct an attractive and safe pedestrian walkway used by many. LBH Benches are provided for pedestrians to relax. They don’t want the cooking fumes to permeate their airspace. I want My Place to be able to compete with others on an equitable basis post a huge investment.”

Cllr Joanna Biddolph claimed street food stalls took business away from bricks and mortar businesses. She said:

“Street stalls have been shown, over and over and over again, to damage bricks and mortar food and drink businesses. This one will do the same. Licensing should not put at risk any of the borough’s existing bricks and mortar businesses in Chiswick in favour of a street stall.”

A decision will be made on the application at a meeting of Hounslow’s Licensing Panel, scheduled for next Thursday (9 November). If granted, the stall would still need to secure planning permission to use the pavement for its operations.