Owner of burger van on Peterborough industrial estate upset after being kicked out

The owner of a burger van fears for his livelihood after being kicked out of the industrial estate where he was working.

Saturday, 8th September 2018, 7:00 am
Cafer Koc at Uncle Jeff's burger van EMN-180409-140503009

Cafer Koc, who lives in Fellowes Gardens, Fletton, with 12-year-old daughter Nazimye, had to leave Ivatt Way in Westwood on Thursday after his lease was terminated.

Mr Koc, whose Uncle Jeffs business has a five star food hygiene rating, is being forced to leave after traffic and parking concerns were raised at the industrial estate, although he disputes that his burger van had anything to do with them.

The 42-year-old Turkish national has lived in Peterborough for 18 years and is upset at losing his business.

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He said: “I will lose all my things and won’t be able to pay my mortgage.

“I’ve never gone to the Government for money. I want to live my life and pay my bills.

“If I go to an evening job who is going to look after my daughter?”

Sean Harris, a director at Ivatt Way Management Ltd, said: “For several months we had complaints from numerous members saying the burger van was attracting a lot of visitors from outside of the estate and that the parking was causing congestion and limiting parking spaces.

“There was a particular complaint from a member who had a lorry park across their gates and refused to leave until they had finished their food.”

He added that at the 2017 AGM it was voted that Mr Koc leave the premises, with the vendor given 90 days’ notice. But he said Mr Koc refused to depart, so an Extraordinary General Meeting was held where it was decided by 19 votes to six that he leave.