Images above: Photographs of the area where the stall would be, submitted by Hitesh Lakhani as part of the application
Residents of Thornton and Mayfields Avenues are objecting to plans for there to be a stall on Chiswick High Rd selling burgers and German sausages.
Mr Hitesh Lakhani of Fine Street Events Ltd has applied for a licence for a stall outside Barclays Bank at 153 Chiswick High Road, selling German food, sausages, chips and burgers every day of the week from 9.00am to 6.00pm.
LB Hounslow’s Licencing Panel, who are due to consider the application in early January, have received 20 representations objecting on the grounds that there are already several other food takeaway businesses near the site. They feel it’s unfair to those businesses in Chiswick which have to pay rents and rates.
There are concerns that the stall is ‘not in keeping with the area’ and the proximity to the William Hogarth statue is not appropriate.
They also say there would be the smell of food and probably litter from the trader’s customers and that there is also a potential security issue because of its proximity to the Barclays cash machine.
Most of the objections come from local residents, but the manager of Barclays Bank and the chairman of the William Hogarth Trust have also made representations, supported by Chiswick’s local councillors.
Images above: Statue of the artist William Hogarth and his dog Trump
‘Incompatible with the nature of the area’ say residents
The Thornton-Mayfield Residents’ Association say:
‘A hot-dog and burger stall is inappropriate for a position so close to a much loved and admired heritage statue such as that of our local and national artist William Hogarth. This type of stall is incompatible with the conservation nature of the area. The Statue is now included in Hounslow’s Local List.
‘It would be quite incongruous to look along popular community street Turnham Green Terrace and see, across Chiswick High Road – instead of a pleasant view of greenery and the Statue with its ancient railings – a sausage stall.
‘This hot food stall will disperse greasy deposits on the fabric of the statue, and on the surrounding buildings, necessitating regular cleaning (a cost to the Council). This stall will bring an increase in litter, which will find its way into the pits around the trees planted on either side of the statue, and will be dropped into the planters nearby (as happens to the planters in our own street). The small litter bin nearby is quite inadequate and will overflow.
‘The stall and the people around it buying hot-dogs and burgers will cause difficulty of space for people, buggies, wheelchairs’.
‘Will cause disruption’ says Barclays Bank manager
The Branch Manager of Barclays Bank has also objected, as the stall will ‘very likely cause disruption’ for the bank.
‘The queuing system for the stall causes great concern as it will result in the entrance to the bank being blocked, causing disruption to those wanting to enter or leave the bank’ writes Dacsha Panchal.
‘If both the bank and the stall were operating with queues at the same time this would make it impossible to carry out social distancing and is likely to discourage vulnerable members of society from accessing essential services’.
‘Will greatly reduce the dignity’ of the sculpture say William Hogarth Trust
Val Bott, writing as chairman of the William Hogarth Trust, which commissioned the statue of Hogarth and his pet dog Trump, said:
‘The stall will greatly reduce the dignity of the landmark and minimise respect for Hogarth and for the sculpture.
‘Secondly, we have a practical concern. A stall cooking sausages and chips will disperse droplets of fat and grease into the surrounding air. Our conservator advises that there is likely to a build-up of grease on the statue which could in the long term combine with traffic pollution from the busy High Road (especially the sulphur dioxide) to etch the surface of the bronze.
The application is due to be heard by the Licencing Panel on Wednesday 13 January at 6.00pm.
You can join the meeting here.
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