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Roundabout Cafe owners planning legal action over 'destroyed family business'

The owners of Roundabout Café are considering legal action after their street trading consent was revoked by Peterborough City Council.
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Ongoing parking issues have prompted a dispute between the traders and businesses in Wainman Road

Sebahattin ‘Sam’ and Ayseglil Mutlu's licence was revoked by the council’s licensing committee at a meeting on Thursday, September 2, on the ground of public safety.

Concerns had been raised after more than 50 incidents were reported to the council and the police over a series of incidents involving claims and counter claims  with their neighbours in Wainman Road, Woodston.

Mr Mutlu said of the council: “They have destroyed a family business and I hope they are pleased with what they have done."

The Mutlus were in dispute with their nearest neighbouring business, Frank’s Automotive Services, claiming that the parking of multiple client vehicles all waiting for servicing, repairs or MOTs was infringing on their ability to serve food to their customers.

Licensing committee chair, Cllr Scott Warren said: “This is not a matter where one party is wholly at fault, but rather it is the case that both parties are equally culpable of wrongdoing and provocation to some degree.”

Asked about possible future legal action, Mr Mutlu said in a telephone conversation following the decision: “I am so angry about this decision – now I am determined that we are going to take legal action and leave the matter in the hands of my legal team to get justice for us.”

By Rob Alexander

Local Democracy Reporting Service