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Hampstead milkshake bar under investigation

PUBLISHED: 14:42 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 07 September 2010

Katie Davies MILKSHAKE bar Tinseltown, which has been causing a stir with Hampstead residents, is being investigated by Camden Council for breaching planning rules. The late-night diner in Heath Street has angered residents who say it attracts rowdy custo

Katie Davies

MILKSHAKE bar Tinseltown, which has been causing a stir with Hampstead residents, is being investigated by Camden Council for breaching planning rules.

The late-night diner in Heath Street has angered residents who say it attracts rowdy customers who commit anti-social behaviour.

Now Camden Council has written to the owner, warning he is breaching regulations by serving more takeaways than agreed.

A council spokeswoman said a "planning contravention notice" had been served on owner Suhail Hasan and a follow up letter had also been sent.

She said: "A written response has been received, which is currently being assessed by officers. Following completion of the assessment a decision will be made about whether any further action can be taken."

The council's move comes a week after the owner spoke against local residents in the pages of the Ham&High. In his tirade, he described his critics as "old farts who think they can control Hampstead" and want "their Horlicks and to be in bed by 9pm".

He also offered to run in the council elections in order to represent businesses and claimed current councillor Kirsty Roberts was biased in favour of residents.

But the Conservative representative has now fired back at Mr Hasan and says she hopes the council will take action on the planning issues.

"I have said all along the issues stem from the takeaway element of Tinseltown's business.

"I am more than happy if he wants to put himself forward for election and I would be very surprised if anyone voted for him on the basis that he doesn't understand the strength of feeling among residents to his business.

"He has demonstrated to everyone very publicly what type of person he is by the language he has used."

Letters flooded into the Ham& High this week criticising Mr Hasan's comments and ridiculing his claims residents should lighten up, given they live in London.

Adrian Pritchard from New End wrote: "There was something of the Heather Mills about Suhail Hasan's absurd outburst in the Ham &High interview of last week.

"His risible litany of bluster, half-truths, inaccuracies and lies would have been comic if the truth was not so tragic. The fact is that he has been running rings around the council and police now for years.

"It is up to the laws of the land and their enforcement to protect previously peaceful neighbourhoods. Regrettably it is Camden's planning department, the licensing department, the parking department and the police who have stood idly by while Tinseltown wrecks the environment."

Residents are currently looking to put up CCTV in their roads to build evidence of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Mr Hasan was unavailable for comment on the latest takeaway issue.


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