Family living next to fined Mayfair Chinese may sell up and leave

David Morgan, Buster Morgan, Georgina Scully and Flash Morgan, who live next-door to the Mayfair Chinese restaurant in Castle Road, Southsea ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151240-066)
David Morgan, Buster Morgan, Georgina Scully and Flash Morgan, who live next-door to the Mayfair Chinese restaurant in Castle Road, Southsea ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151240-066)
The team passes the Nelson statue in Old Portsmouth. Picture: Keith Woodland (171022-0023)

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A FAMILY living next to a ‘dream’ takeaway that was fined thousands over a mouse infestation have said they may sell their home.

Georgina Scully and Dave Morgan were shocked to read in The News that Mayfair Chinese in Castle Road, Southsea, had been prosecuted by Portsmouth City Council over grim conditions.

Teaching assistant Georgina, 40, had complained to the council a few days before it swooped and shut the takeaway for a day – but she said officers did not give her details.

The council said it could not tell the family of their findings due to the investigation and taking the business to magistrates’ court.

Georgina said: ‘I don’t understand why they didn’t get back to me. I was the one that complained, I don’t understand.’

Her partner Dave, 37, has spent £1,200 ripping up the kitchen to try and solve the rat problem in their Regent Place house, yards away from the Mayfair takeaway.

Georgina, who said their home has been plagued with rats in wall insulation, does not blame the restaurant for their problems but is angry she was not told about them.

She complained in August last year and the takeaway was shut down for a day on August 28.

Just last week the company behind the eatery, Li Hong Ltd, was fined £3,000 at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court with £870 costs over a mouse infestation, poor cleanliness and poor hygiene procedures.

Georgina said her own rat problem in her home has left her children Flash, five, and Buster, one, terrified.

Dave added: ‘We couldn’t ask to live in a nicer place.

‘The common is our garden – we are going to be gutted to move.’

Pest controllers are due to go to the family home today to tackle the rat problem.

Richard Lee, the city council’s environmental health manager, said: ‘Following her complaint we visited Mayfair Chinese on August 28, 2014 and took immediate action to close the premises.

‘We did speak to the complainant on September 1 to update her on our actions, although we couldn’t go into further details because it was now an investigation which could result in legal proceedings.

‘As a result of this complaint, we acted quickly to close the premises and achieved a successful prosecution this month. Had we been aware that her infestation had continued we would have been happy to send our pest control team to visit her.’

The court previously heard Mayfair had improved.