Search

Brick Lane residents complain of council ‘curry curfew’ letters

10:10 20 February 2014

Brick Lane residents: David Donoghue (left) and Charles Kennedy.

Brick Lane residents: David Donoghue (left) and Charles Kennedy.

Archant

Tenants in Brick Lane have been threatened with council fines if they keep their restaurants open late – despite the fact they don’t own any.

Brick Lane residents: David Donoghue (left) and Charles Kennedy.Brick Lane residents: David Donoghue (left) and Charles Kennedy.

David Donoghue, a 66-year-old part-time consultant, said he and his neighbours living above the Famous Curry Bazaar were sent letters by recorded delivery telling them to adhere to permitted opening hours.

He said: “It’s stupid, bureaucratic nonsense. The letters were sent to all the residents. How stupid is that?

“What are they doing sending recorded delivery letters to people who have nothing to do with the businesses, telling them they will be fined for something over which they have no control? It’s insane.”

Three weeks ago the Advertiser revealed curry houses had been served notices not to open after midnight or face a £20,000 fine.

Tower Hamlets council confirmed that the notices had been issued but dismissed reports of a “curfew”.

Mr Donogue, a member of the Spitalfields society, said he thought the council’s actions were a reaction to the problems of noisy bars, drug dealers and public urination.

He said: “We have often complained about the anti-social behaviour in Brick Lane, but I do find that they pick on the local restaurants and leave the clubs alone.”

Another tenant, musician Charles Kennedy, 38, said: “I think it’s ridiculous. It just seems to be a sort of misguided idea of getting residents to police businesses.”

He added: “The Famous Curry Bazaar are fantastic neighbours and I don’t think anyone should be trying to infringe on their activities.

“It seems like they’re trying to get rid of what makes Brick Lane special.”

A council spokesman said: “Letters were sent to bar owners and restaurateurs reminding them of their responsibility to operate within permitted opening hours.

“It is standard practice to write to all addresses within each property to make everyone aware.”

She added: “There is no curfew in Brick Lane – Tower Hamlets council is completely behind local businesses and supports the restaurants.”

Related articles

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 18:56

A late night tax is being brought in for premises selling booze after midnight in London’s East End in a bid to stem drunkenness on the streets.

Yesterday, 13:53

Protests are planned by parents against a school in London’s Bangladeshi East End community planning to change its name from Bengali to English.

Yesterday, 10:10

Detectives have released CCTV footage today of two men they have been looking for since last summer after a 27-year-old man was beaten up and almost blinded in an unprovoked attack in London’s East End.

Wed, 16:16

Detectives investigating the murder of a man on the steps of east London’s York Hall boxing venue last summer arrested a ninth suspect last night.

Police are growing “increasingly concerned” about a 13-year-old girl who went missing yesterday.

Tue, 09:04

The owner of a carwash has been jailed for manslaughter after one of his staff was electrocuted while living in dilapidated conditions provided by the business under railway arches in London’s East End.

Mon, 16:28

Hospitals across East London including the huge Royal London have been hit by a cyber attack with patients’ confidential records having to be taken offline.

Mon, 12:06

Contemporary singing workshops to teach soul, pop and gospel are being set up for teenagers in London’s East End run by professional choral conductors.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now