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DESSERT CAFE: Late-night cake shop

DESSERT CAFE: Late-night cake shop

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A new dessert cafe in Dingle will be allowed to open late at night despite objections from a local councillor.

Elite Treatz opened a week ago in Cockburn Street selling cakes and other sweets, but had applied to Liverpool Council to stay open until midnight and to operate a delivery service until 2am.

Speaking at a licensing hearing on Monday (August 16), owners Shahin and Jahnaya Teji stressed that they were part of the local community, Mrs Teji having grown up there, and five neighbours had written in support of their application.

However, four neighbours and two local councillors had objected citing fears about anti-social behaviour and noise caused by deliveries.

At Monday’s meeting, the committee heard that the police had no objections to Elite Treatz opening later, while Cllr Steve Munby said his concerns were primarily related to “historical” incidents.

He pointed to problems outside a pizza parlour round the corner on Mill Street that had been allowed to open beyond 11pm for a short period.

He said: “It has got better. It’s more what I call the youth migration issue and I don’t want to have a location where they might gather.”

Cllr Munby also referred to an arson incident where a nearby playground was set on fire.

But the Tejis’ agent, Ian Rushton, said none of the incidents highlighted by Cllr Munby were relevant as they had taken place before Elite Treatz opened – in some cases several years before.

Mr Rushton said: “We haven’t heard any evidence today of any specific incidents or any specific problems with this business starting.

“This shop is clearly taking every reasonable possible step here to fulfil the licensing objectives.”

He added: “They’re not your traditional type of attractive proposition to young kids – for want of a better phrase, the scallies . They’re not usually associated with dessert shops.”

Mr Teji also assured the committee that delivery drivers would take care to make as little noise as possible while coming and going after the shop closed to walk-in customers.

 

Words: Chris McKeon, Local Democracy Reporter


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