Hungry revellers will be able to grab a late night snack from a town centre restaurant after councillors granted permission for it to stay open until the early morning.

Patrons of McDonald’s in Station Road, Harrow, can buy a meal and drinks until 1.15am Sundays to Wednesdays and until 3.15am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays following approval by Harrow Council’s licensing panel on Tuesday last week.

Franchisee K and G Restaurants originally applied for a premises licence to serve late night refreshment - non-alcohol drinks and hot food - from 11pm to 5am, the hours for which a permit is needed in order to operate the eatery through the whole night.

However, Harrow Police’s licensing officer PC Jasminder Virdi lodged an objection to the 24-hours-a-day plan and the franchisee’s licensing agent agreed to scale back the hours sought to those above.

PC Virdi said in a statement over the last six months there had been 52 calls to police about incidents that took place between 11pm and 6am in Station Road between its junctions with Gayton Road and Sheepcote Road.

Sample offences included racially aggravated assault, actual bodily harm, criminal damage, public urination and theft although none were directly attributed to McDonald’s.

In a witness statement, Panayiotis Panayiotou, the franchisee's operations consultant, said: “The premises have held a licence for the sale of late night refreshment since 2005 and have not experienced the issues with crime and disorder and or public nuisance that PC Virdee (sic) presents in his letter of objection.”

Food from saver menu at McDonald's
 

K and G Restaurants agreed the police’s demand for a bouncer on Friday and Saturday nights but not its request for one to be present on Thursday nights - and that is what the licensing panel had to resolve .

The panel sided with K and G Restaurants but stipulated the CCTV system must have no blind spots and the upstairs area must be locked to the public from 10pm.