Local MP supports city centre residents

Steve Brine has joined residents of Parchment Street and Upper Brook Street as an association has been formed to combat the increasing number of takeaways in the area.

At a public meeting on Friday 16th September, residents voted to set up the group as a means of tackling litter, anti-social behaviour, foul odours, street maintenance and parking problems.

Michael Coker-Davies, chair, said:"The main object of this group is to get something done and we need to make progress to do that. The council seem fairly indifferent to our problems, which can only be solved if we all act together."

Residents are upset at late-night disturbances and smells coming from KFC and Dominos Pizza, on Upper Brook Street, and are concerned at the granting of planning permission for a new takeaway at the Just For Fun site.

Ric Weeks, of Upper Brook Street, said: "I know the nightclub has a fairly rigid music licence and has to stop playing music at a certain time but it sounds like they crank the volume up at the end of the night.

"Then at three in the morning, when you have 60/70 people coming out, they all head to the takeaways outside our houses."

Local resident Jonathan Ware, who attended the meeting, said:"There is a real strength of feeling here locally, and we will do all we can to combat the problems we are facing."

Steve Brine MP added: "I support the residents in what they are doing. It's about proportionality at the end of the day and it is absolutely right to keep a close watch on this kind of change.

"Extending opening hours further could really risk the character of this part of Winchester city and damage the local environment."

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To find out more about the group, email Steve Brine at steve.brine.mp@parliament.uk, who will be happy to put you in touch.