After a day of intervention by Thame Town Council @ThameTC and in particular, Cassie Pinnells, the Town Clerk, Atalay’s Kebab Van was allowed to re-open tonight at 5:30pm
A popular part of Thame’s nightlife, Atalay’s Kebab Van, was forced to close for up to sixty days following a bombshell from South Oxfordshire District Council trading officers.
Although Atalay’s Kebab Van has been on the same site for over 30 years, last night officers informed them that they didn’t have a street trading licence and would need to close for up to 60 days whilst the necessary paper work was carried out.
The following notice appeared on the Facebook page last night
Notice to all customers (𝗣𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗘 𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗗)
𝗨𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲, after a visit from South Oxfordshire District Council, street trading officers.
We have traded in Thame at the same spot for 32 years.
- Pay the local council rent.
- Sign a trading agreement with the local council every 5 years.
- Pay all taxes when necessary.
- And pay South Oxfordshire District Council for a premises license every year.
All of a sudden they have visited us tonight to tell us that we don’t have street trading consent and we should apply for it. But while it is in progress we should keep our business closed for 28 days (could be up to 60 days).
We respect the law by all means, but we need justice. From the beginning of our application we used professional solicitors and fought for 10 years of our life to get the license. We abided by the law at every point.
We don’t think we have been doing anything illegal. If we were, why haven’t we been told this during the last 32 years!
As a small business during the pandemic we have already suffered. We have tried our hardest to keep all our staff, we have just about managed to keep our business going after having to close for 2 months.
𝗪𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 (𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝘄𝗼!)
𝗪𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽! 𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲.
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