A Greek food stall banned from opening until 5am in Manchester city center due to noise concerns

Greek Grill House in Great Northern Square has been refused a late-night license – at a meeting a busker faced legal action over late-night noise.

A food stall in Manchester city center has been prevented from remaining open until 5am over fears it could become a ‘destination’ for late night revelers leaving city center clubs.

Greek Grill House in Great Northern Square was refused a late night license after police and council officers objected to the application.

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Manchester City Council said there were a ‘significant number’ of noise complaints about groups of people congregating around the Peter Street area after 2am.

According to the local authorities, buskers started performing in the city center to earn money from these people, and one of them was the subject of legal proceedings.

Turkish restaurant Hatty’s in Deansgate has been the subject of several complaints over double parking, car horns, shouting and shouting – but licensing manager Niall Johnson said other premises were also responsible.

Greek Grill House in Great Northern Square, ManchesterCredit: Google

What were the concerns raised?

He said: “From 2am to 4am, the primary focus of Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police is the safe, quick and quiet exit of people at home from the city centre.

“After 2 p.m., we receive a significant number of complaints against the police.

“They are not specific to certain premises – they are specific to this particular area of ​​Peter Street.

“Sometimes they complain about bars or clubs, but when we go down there it’s the noise of several different premises, groups of people congregating.

“We recently had to take legal action against buskers who started coming to Great Northern Square specifically for these groups of people to make money.

“So we have to ban them from entering the area.”

The licensing manager argued that allowing the Greek Grill House to operate past 2 a.m. would worsen public nuisance issues in the area.

Although there is no ban on street play after a certain time, noise reduction advisories may be issued if the noise is causing a nuisance.

If the busker doesn’t comply, the case could end up in a magistrate’s court.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service understands that a noise abatement advisory was issued to an area busker on February 26.

What did the takeaway say?

Speaking on behalf of Greek Grill House at a licensing hearing, Ann Ndlovu said the food stall was willing to reduce its requested opening hours to 4 a.m.

But GMP representative, PC Alan Isherwood argued the panel should still reject the late night license application saying it would not be fair to residents.

He said: “What it will encourage, even though it’s been 4am, people will stay longer than they would now because there is a focal point.

“People can just leave the clubs a few minutes early to get something to eat and then they stay there eating, chatting, laughing, doing what people do in the evenings because there’s more a focal point there.

“The other takeaways that are in this area that are open until 4 a.m. are actually physical buildings where staff and customers are inside, so the noise that result is not as noticeable as when people are indoors.”

The Licensing Committee rejected the application at a hearing on Monday April 4.