A WINCHESTER wine shop is objecting to a Greek restaurant's plan to serve takeaways until 3am.

Yiayias Kitchen, in St George's Street, has applied to extend its opening hours seven days a week.

The restaurant reopened on December 9 last year following a lengthy closure.

It's currently licensed to be open until 11pm Monday to Saturday and 10pm on Sundays. Winchester City Council's licensing sub-committee will make the decision on Friday, January 19. 

Papa John's pizza, a few doors down, was successful in applying to stay open until 3am for deliveries. It's open for collection until 1am.

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Catherine Brandwood, director of wine seller Toscanaccio in Parchment Street, submitted an objection. She said: “I am informed by the licensing department that the business has applied to sell takeaway food until 3am, this would likely result in an increase in crime and disorder in the immediate vicinity late at night and would invite late night revellers to congregate in the area outside the premises. The congregating of people in this manner at this time of night often results in disorder, with this location posing the problem of being less visible from the road, and with a covered alleyway that makes any potential disorderly situation harder to monitor and harder to break up in a timely manner which is a public safety matter that must be addressed. 

“This later opening would also impact the residents of the local area with an increase in noise from customers and with an increase in litter in the area – both of which would be relevant under the licensing objective of the prevention of public nuisance. On this issue it would be sensible to impose the same delivery-only restrictions after 1am as the nearby property Papa John’s has.”

On the application to the city council, it said: “On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays preceding UK Bank Holidays, from 10pm until the closing time of the venue, a frontline door supervisor staff shall be employed at the venue. 

“A colour recording CCTV system that captures images from the main public areas shall be fully operational whilst licensable activities are taking place.

“The premises licence holder shall ensure that children shall not be permitted on the premises after 10pm.”

The decision will be made by the licensing sub-committee on Friday, January 19.