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Takeaway van owner told to stop trading
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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