GWYNEDD Council chiefs could not rule on a Bangor takeaway’s late license application after a stormy hearing.
The council’s licensing sub committee in Caernarfon yesterday (Wednesday, October 24) failed to reach a verdict on Bella Bella Takeaway’s application to open to 3am (Thursdays) and 3.30 am (Friday, Saturday).
Gwynedd and Bangor councillor June Marshall stormed out of the meeting after interjections from committee chair councillor Eryl Jones Williams during her submission against the application.
She said: “I’m not going to talk because you’re not listening to me; it’s a complete waste of time.
“I’m going to complain to the voluntary officer - it’s a travesty.”
Before she left the meeting, cllr Marshall voiced concerns revellers would congregate outside the takeaway, leading to anti social behaviour.
She added that granting the application could lead to nearby residents being kept up to 4am or even later.
However, Sergeant Bill Coppack, of North Wales Police, said granting the application would help disperse revellers to different establishments.
Sgt Coppack said North Wales Police had initially opposed changes to opening hours for takeaways, pubs and clubs.
However, he added: "In granting the license, you're not going to create a more secure environment in upper Bangor.
"The people who pass through upper Bangor are to be there anyway - you're not going to make them go away by not granting the license."
Sgt Coppack added that door staff would be employed if the license were granted.
He added that last entry times had help control the flow of customers coming out of city nightclubs.
Sgt Coppack said there had been just two notable incidents of anti-social behaviour at the premises since 2006 - an obscene phone call to the takeaway, and drunken disorderly offence.
Cllr Williams apologised at the end of the hearing, and said he had not intended his comments as cllr Marshall had taken them.
He added that someone no connected to the hearing had approached the committee during their deliberations, and this had contributed to their decision to suspend the decision.
During the meeting, committee member cllr Elfed Wyn Williams was warned not to come to a decision before hearing all the evidence, after he told applicant Talal El that he would support Bella Bella Takeaway's application.
The committee's legal advisor added: "Some of the tings that have been said could make it appear that there has not been complete fairness.
"The sub committee always considers evidence carefully but I think it's important that we show that we have followed procedures."
A new sub committee will be appointed to rule on Bella Takeaway’s application.
Dean Street Chippy was granted an extension its opening hours to 3am from Sunday to Thursday and 3.3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Meanwhile, Shahin Kebab House received an extension to 3am on from Sunday to Thursday, 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays and also on public holidays.
Bangor City Council has strongly objected to the applications, and the committee has received objections from people living near Bella Takeaway.
North Wales Police did not object to the applications.