Residents’ concern over cafe proposal

City councillor Susanna Pressel

City councillor Susanna Pressel

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering North Oxford, Jericho and Summertown. Call me on 01865 425498

EXTENDING a cafe and takeaway business will cause distress to residents’ daily lives in Jericho, it has been claimed.

The owner of the Walton Cafe, in Walton Street, Melih Tanyeri-Aladag, has applied for permission to add an extra floor with a flat roof to the back of the building. The plans would extend the cafe area allowing more customers to be served.

It is understood that Mr Tanyeri-Aladag has also applied to Oxford City Council to extend the opening hours of his business, by seeking to close at midnight instead of 6pm, seven days a week.

The application will go before a licensing committee on Tuesday.

Walton Street resident Michael Cork said he was concerned a restaurant would be more disruptive than a cafe.

He said in a letter to the city council: “In a restaurant it will be a lot more people [sic] and when alcohol is involved it will result in a lot of late night noise.

“We have children who need to sleep only metres away from the proposed plans, and we also have to get up for work.

“The plans proposed are going to cause great distress to our daily life.”

City councillor Susanna Pressel said people living nearby were concerned that it would result in more traffic, as well more noise and negative impact on privacy.

She said: “The hours are long and I think it is likely to cause more noise and disturbance.

“I am also concerned because it is a building in the middle of a residential area.

“There are four flats sharing a wall with the business and it is also next to a council housing block.”

In a formal submission to the city council, JPPC Chartered Town Planners said the premises were currently run as a cafe and hot and cold food takeaway, having been granted that status in December 2013.

The firm claimed it had been used in that manner for more than 10 years. It said the proposed extension would create room for five more tables, alongside the current 10, meaning the business could “move away from sales of takeaway food”.

The building is also in the Jericho Conservation Area, so councillors are likely to pay particular attention to any visual impact the building could have. JPPC said the owner had already reduced the extension in size by 50 per cent, after officers expressed concerns.

Mr Tanyeri-Aladag said he was writing to residents and would be prepared to meet them in the cafe this weekend.

He said: “I am trying to make it a restaurant, instead of a takeaway, which will be better for the area and easier for neighbours.

“Nobody has yet come to me to talk about it, although I understand there are objections to the plans.

“I would like to meet with residents to talk about their concerns.”


 

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1:46pm Sat 2 Aug 14

mytaxes says...

Why would anyone choose to live in Jericho if they want peace and quiet? Pubs, restaurants, students and cafés, of course businesses will want to expand at some time or another.
Why would anyone choose to live in Jericho if they want peace and quiet? Pubs, restaurants, students and cafés, of course businesses will want to expand at some time or another. mytaxes
  • Score: 22

4:39pm Sat 2 Aug 14

fishstew says...

typical NIMBY response
typical NIMBY response fishstew
  • Score: 8

5:08pm Sat 2 Aug 14

carli says...

Distress????
Distress???? carli
  • Score: 5

5:31pm Sat 2 Aug 14

faatmaan says...

some have a rose tinted glass imagination of thinking that Jericho is a bohemian type area where the intellectuals gather, and an arty scene, in reality its just off the town centre and a load of wannabes pushing their agenda on the masses. Let the elected officials decide what is right and proper for Oxford, not small minded interest groups.
some have a rose tinted glass imagination of thinking that Jericho is a bohemian type area where the intellectuals gather, and an arty scene, in reality its just off the town centre and a load of wannabes pushing their agenda on the masses. Let the elected officials decide what is right and proper for Oxford, not small minded interest groups. faatmaan
  • Score: 9

1:16am Sun 3 Aug 14

The New Private Eye says...

Ive Lived in Jericho all my life and what brings me daily distress are that all of my friends have been forced out by the prices (I am lucky enough to have one of the few council houses) being paid by the psuedo intellectual upper middle class posers who have destroyed a community, and all the pubs being replaced by "bars" selling beer at £4.50 a pint. Mr Corks argument does not stand up because also, just metres away from him, are the Jericho Tavern, Phoenix cinema, Arzoo restaurant, Posh Fish, The Standard and The Kowloon house, all attracting a late night crowd. And for Pressell to start on about protecting the conservation area when her council has just given permission for the biggest building in Oxford (The Blavatnik) to be built 50 yards away just speaks of hypocrisy.
Ive Lived in Jericho all my life and what brings me daily distress are that all of my friends have been forced out by the prices (I am lucky enough to have one of the few council houses) being paid by the psuedo intellectual upper middle class posers who have destroyed a community, and all the pubs being replaced by "bars" selling beer at £4.50 a pint. Mr Corks argument does not stand up because also, just metres away from him, are the Jericho Tavern, Phoenix cinema, Arzoo restaurant, Posh Fish, The Standard and The Kowloon house, all attracting a late night crowd. And for Pressell to start on about protecting the conservation area when her council has just given permission for the biggest building in Oxford (The Blavatnik) to be built 50 yards away just speaks of hypocrisy. The New Private Eye
  • Score: 9

8:37am Sun 3 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

Let's be more specific - Oxford City Council actially means LABOUR! With 33 of the 48 seats on Council, it is Bob Price's working class university graduates, lecturers, teachers and left-wing socialists and ruskinites who actually decide what City Council does, and inder typically British democracy it means that it is Labour City Councillors who drive what happens across Oxford - despite what the Greens and ever-decreasing LibDems want their voters to believe!
Let's be more specific - Oxford City Council actially means LABOUR! With 33 of the 48 seats on Council, it is Bob Price's working class university graduates, lecturers, teachers and left-wing socialists and ruskinites who actually decide what City Council does, and inder typically British democracy it means that it is Labour City Councillors who drive what happens across Oxford - despite what the Greens and ever-decreasing LibDems want their voters to believe! Myron Blatz
  • Score: 3

9:26am Sun 3 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

The problem, The New Private Eye, is that Oxford has become one of the most over-priced places to live outside London - partly due to the ever-increasing demand for housing to rent to students by the private-sector property and landlord sector, and partly due to the the general commercial sector which services the 'education factories' which now proliferate - everything from Oxford and Brookes universities, to all those language schools for rich non-British (used to be called foreigners) and crammer schools for aspiring middle-class parents and their study-challenged children. Them, and of course all those who work in London, but can't afford to live there - or, who have sold-up for mega-bucks in and around London, and moved to 'cheaper Oxford' so they can still commute up to their jobs in London - and don't have to worry about parking, since in addition to trains, they can catch buses to London provided by two bus operators, gleefully cashing-in on Oxford and clogging-up its roads with ever-longer double-deckers taking workers up to London, and bringing back yet more tourists - clogging-up the pavements!
The problem, The New Private Eye, is that Oxford has become one of the most over-priced places to live outside London - partly due to the ever-increasing demand for housing to rent to students by the private-sector property and landlord sector, and partly due to the the general commercial sector which services the 'education factories' which now proliferate - everything from Oxford and Brookes universities, to all those language schools for rich non-British (used to be called foreigners) and crammer schools for aspiring middle-class parents and their study-challenged children. Them, and of course all those who work in London, but can't afford to live there - or, who have sold-up for mega-bucks in and around London, and moved to 'cheaper Oxford' so they can still commute up to their jobs in London - and don't have to worry about parking, since in addition to trains, they can catch buses to London provided by two bus operators, gleefully cashing-in on Oxford and clogging-up its roads with ever-longer double-deckers taking workers up to London, and bringing back yet more tourists - clogging-up the pavements! Myron Blatz
  • Score: -3

9:26am Sun 3 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

The problem, The New Private Eye, is that Oxford has become one of the most over-priced places to live outside London - partly due to the ever-increasing demand for housing to rent to students by the private-sector property and landlord sector, and partly due to the the general commercial sector which services the 'education factories' which now proliferate - everything from Oxford and Brookes universities, to all those language schools for rich non-British (used to be called foreigners) and crammer schools for aspiring middle-class parents and their study-challenged children. Them, and of course all those who work in London, but can't afford to live there - or, who have sold-up for mega-bucks in and around London, and moved to 'cheaper Oxford' so they can still commute up to their jobs in London.
The problem, The New Private Eye, is that Oxford has become one of the most over-priced places to live outside London - partly due to the ever-increasing demand for housing to rent to students by the private-sector property and landlord sector, and partly due to the the general commercial sector which services the 'education factories' which now proliferate - everything from Oxford and Brookes universities, to all those language schools for rich non-British (used to be called foreigners) and crammer schools for aspiring middle-class parents and their study-challenged children. Them, and of course all those who work in London, but can't afford to live there - or, who have sold-up for mega-bucks in and around London, and moved to 'cheaper Oxford' so they can still commute up to their jobs in London. Myron Blatz
  • Score: -2

9:46am Sun 3 Aug 14

carli says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
Ive Lived in Jericho all my life and what brings me daily distress are that all of my friends have been forced out by the prices (I am lucky enough to have one of the few council houses) being paid by the psuedo intellectual upper middle class posers who have destroyed a community, and all the pubs being replaced by "bars" selling beer at £4.50 a pint. Mr Corks argument does not stand up because also, just metres away from him, are the Jericho Tavern, Phoenix cinema, Arzoo restaurant, Posh Fish, The Standard and The Kowloon house, all attracting a late night crowd. And for Pressell to start on about protecting the conservation area when her council has just given permission for the biggest building in Oxford (The Blavatnik) to be built 50 yards away just speaks of hypocrisy.
daily distress???Really?
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: Ive Lived in Jericho all my life and what brings me daily distress are that all of my friends have been forced out by the prices (I am lucky enough to have one of the few council houses) being paid by the psuedo intellectual upper middle class posers who have destroyed a community, and all the pubs being replaced by "bars" selling beer at £4.50 a pint. Mr Corks argument does not stand up because also, just metres away from him, are the Jericho Tavern, Phoenix cinema, Arzoo restaurant, Posh Fish, The Standard and The Kowloon house, all attracting a late night crowd. And for Pressell to start on about protecting the conservation area when her council has just given permission for the biggest building in Oxford (The Blavatnik) to be built 50 yards away just speaks of hypocrisy.[/p][/quote]daily distress???Really? carli
  • Score: 1

10:39am Sun 3 Aug 14

Flamingo Lane says...

carli wrote:
The New Private Eye wrote:
Ive Lived in Jericho all my life and what brings me daily distress are that all of my friends have been forced out by the prices (I am lucky enough to have one of the few council houses) being paid by the psuedo intellectual upper middle class posers who have destroyed a community, and all the pubs being replaced by "bars" selling beer at £4.50 a pint. Mr Corks argument does not stand up because also, just metres away from him, are the Jericho Tavern, Phoenix cinema, Arzoo restaurant, Posh Fish, The Standard and The Kowloon house, all attracting a late night crowd. And for Pressell to start on about protecting the conservation area when her council has just given permission for the biggest building in Oxford (The Blavatnik) to be built 50 yards away just speaks of hypocrisy.
daily distress???Really?
I think he was being ironic.
[quote][p][bold]carli[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: Ive Lived in Jericho all my life and what brings me daily distress are that all of my friends have been forced out by the prices (I am lucky enough to have one of the few council houses) being paid by the psuedo intellectual upper middle class posers who have destroyed a community, and all the pubs being replaced by "bars" selling beer at £4.50 a pint. Mr Corks argument does not stand up because also, just metres away from him, are the Jericho Tavern, Phoenix cinema, Arzoo restaurant, Posh Fish, The Standard and The Kowloon house, all attracting a late night crowd. And for Pressell to start on about protecting the conservation area when her council has just given permission for the biggest building in Oxford (The Blavatnik) to be built 50 yards away just speaks of hypocrisy.[/p][/quote]daily distress???Really?[/p][/quote]I think he was being ironic. Flamingo Lane
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
Ive Lived in Jericho all my life and what brings me daily distress are that all of my friends have been forced out by the prices (I am lucky enough to have one of the few council houses) being paid by the psuedo intellectual upper middle class posers who have destroyed a community, and all the pubs being replaced by "bars" selling beer at £4.50 a pint. Mr Corks argument does not stand up because also, just metres away from him, are the Jericho Tavern, Phoenix cinema, Arzoo restaurant, Posh Fish, The Standard and The Kowloon house, all attracting a late night crowd. And for Pressell to start on about protecting the conservation area when her council has just given permission for the biggest building in Oxford (The Blavatnik) to be built 50 yards away just speaks of hypocrisy.
sub let it @ a grand a week to 8 students and you can go live somewhere nice.....
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: Ive Lived in Jericho all my life and what brings me daily distress are that all of my friends have been forced out by the prices (I am lucky enough to have one of the few council houses) being paid by the psuedo intellectual upper middle class posers who have destroyed a community, and all the pubs being replaced by "bars" selling beer at £4.50 a pint. Mr Corks argument does not stand up because also, just metres away from him, are the Jericho Tavern, Phoenix cinema, Arzoo restaurant, Posh Fish, The Standard and The Kowloon house, all attracting a late night crowd. And for Pressell to start on about protecting the conservation area when her council has just given permission for the biggest building in Oxford (The Blavatnik) to be built 50 yards away just speaks of hypocrisy.[/p][/quote]sub let it @ a grand a week to 8 students and you can go live somewhere nice..... Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 1

3:43am Mon 4 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

Maybe if some folk don't like what's happening in Jericho, they should look for somewhere which hasn't become overtaken by students, tourists, Oxford's cafe society, or the NIMBY mob!
Maybe if some folk don't like what's happening in Jericho, they should look for somewhere which hasn't become overtaken by students, tourists, Oxford's cafe society, or the NIMBY mob! Myron Blatz
  • Score: 4

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