Takeaway van owner told to stop trading

Bucks Free Press: Amir Mirza (right) next to the Pot Deli van at Great Missenden station Amir Mirza (right) next to the Pot Deli van at Great Missenden station

THE new owner of a takeaway food van who was told to stop trading at a railway station car park has told a rail franchise operator: I'll see you in court.

Amir Mirza took over the ownership of the Pot Deli takeaway van, which had operated in Great Missenden station car park for the previous two years, last month and began trading after a refit of the vehicle which he said cost thousands of pounds.

He was told the day after he started trading that he had no legal right to trade from the car park, claiming the letter came without warning.

Chiltern Railways, which owns the station, said no formal agreement was put in place for Mr Mirza to trade and the old arrangement with the previous business owner was on a trial basis which has now expired.

But Mr Mirza insists he had made a verbal contract with Chiltern Railways and vowed to continue trading from the car park.

And he said: "I've told them I will see them in court. They gave me a verbal contract.

"They [the previous owner] were trading for two years with no problems. We re-opened under my management and they're trying to kick me out.

"We had no problems from health and safety - we've got a grade four for food hygiene.

"I have spent £13,000 of my money on this. I'm not going to pay for the chefs to sit doing nothing."

Chad Collins, Head of Stations at Chiltern Railways said: "Trading on private property without permission is illegal. We do not have an arrangement in place with Mr Mirza to trade on Chiltern Railways’ premises. As such, we have informed him that he can no longer remain on site at Great Missenden station."

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10:38am Fri 9 May 14

erm says...

always get things in writing!
always get things in writing! erm
  • Score: 24

2:29pm Fri 9 May 14

Bill Taxpayer says...

So why can't Chiltern Railways just make an agreement with Mr Mirza? Problem solved.

Obviously there is a demand there for a take-away if the previous guy had operated it for 2 years. Mr Mirza has invested his money and he's done the right thing by getting a grade 4 food hygiene certificate.

Someone triesto earn an honest bob or two and they are beaten down. What's the matter with people?
So why can't Chiltern Railways just make an agreement with Mr Mirza? Problem solved. Obviously there is a demand there for a take-away if the previous guy had operated it for 2 years. Mr Mirza has invested his money and he's done the right thing by getting a grade 4 food hygiene certificate. Someone triesto earn an honest bob or two and they are beaten down. What's the matter with people? Bill Taxpayer
  • Score: 32

4:13pm Fri 9 May 14

Lara B says...

Ok get it in writing then let the man trade. Some jobs worth I don't doubt creating a massive problem.
Ok get it in writing then let the man trade. Some jobs worth I don't doubt creating a massive problem. Lara B
  • Score: 15

4:47pm Fri 9 May 14

jimjam79 says...

maybe chiltern not getting the cut they want?
maybe chiltern not getting the cut they want? jimjam79
  • Score: 19

6:46pm Fri 9 May 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

It all sounds like thuggery and extortion opportunity for Chiltern railways and they cannot forgo this because the greedy pig manager at the station wants a piece of meat too.
It all sounds like thuggery and extortion opportunity for Chiltern railways and they cannot forgo this because the greedy pig manager at the station wants a piece of meat too. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 19

10:01am Sat 10 May 14

CatherineAB says...

Sounds a bit high-handed! I agree with previous comments - it would be more sensible for Chiltern Railways to meet with the new owner and discuss the matter and reach a civilised agreement. Are we really becoming a nation of "I'm right and you're wrong," instead of "let's all get along together as decent human beings." Give the chap a break - he's not claiming benefit, he's providing employment for others, and also provides a service. All these factors should be actively encouraged.
Sounds a bit high-handed! I agree with previous comments - it would be more sensible for Chiltern Railways to meet with the new owner and discuss the matter and reach a civilised agreement. Are we really becoming a nation of "I'm right and you're wrong," instead of "let's all get along together as decent human beings." Give the chap a break - he's not claiming benefit, he's providing employment for others, and also provides a service. All these factors should be actively encouraged. CatherineAB
  • Score: 17

10:10am Sat 10 May 14

s6blr says...

All those disgusted by the thuggery should take to Twitter against the account @chilternrailway and voice your displeasure. Tell them in public where it counts!
All those disgusted by the thuggery should take to Twitter against the account @chilternrailway and voice your displeasure. Tell them in public where it counts! s6blr
  • Score: 8

11:27am Sat 10 May 14

KrissieJS says...

sorry but I think rules are rules. and yes get any agreements always in writing .
Gone are the days of handshake agreements. sad but true.
sorry but I think rules are rules. and yes get any agreements always in writing . Gone are the days of handshake agreements. sad but true. KrissieJS
  • Score: 12

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