OWNERS of a Chinese restaurant say they are angry they were not warned a mobile Mexican takeaway was opening outside the restaurant before they spent £100,000 on renovations.
Maggie Yim spent the huge sum on Jade Garden in Queens Parade, Waterlooville, and opened in September.
But the same month Havant Borough Council awarded a mobile takeaway licence to Jody Rosenthal for his Burrito Man van, which is parked outside the restaurant from 11am to 11pm every day except Sunday.
Mrs Yim says she would not have taken on the 20-year lease if she had known.
And Dave Hayes, the owner of Victory Carpets which is next door, says he was not warned either.
Mrs Yim said: ‘I pay a huge amount of money in business rates – £10,000 – and last month the takeaway opened right in front, blocking me from the view of passers-by.
‘I’m upset and angry about this.
‘Why is the council allowed to do this?
‘My new business is now suffering because of it.’
The licence was awarded to Mr Rosenthal following months of paperwork and consultation by the Waterlooville Business Association.
Mr Rosenthal said he cannot move because the licence – for which he pays £510 for six months – is for that specific pitch in the car park – which he says is 200 away yards from the restaurant.
He added: ‘I went through several months of planning with the council to figure out where it would go.
‘As far as I’m concerned we went through all our due diligence with highways, police and the business association to make sure everyone was okay with it.
‘Business is going very well. Their sons (Mr and Mrs Yim) come and eat at my place and we eat at their place.’
Councillor David Guest, deputy leader of the council, said as both are legitimate traders there is nothing the authority can do about it.
‘The best thing they can do is sit down together and talk about it,’ said Cllr Guest.
‘The argument about the business rates is invalid.
‘People choose to have fixed premises and they choose to have mobile premises.
‘As long as they conduct their business within the law, that’s the way it is.’