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Parking rules ‘killing’ Curry Mile trade

Restaurant owners in Manchester’s Curry Mile claim new parking rules are killing trade by not giving people enough time to eat. Since a two- hour parking limit was introduced in Rusholme two years ago, business owners say custom has fallen by 35 per cent.

Now they want the restrictions lifted again so people can park up as long as they like for a curry. Mukhtar Ahmed, chair of the Rusholme Traders’ Association and owner of the Sangam restaurant on Wilmslow Road, com-

ments, “We’d like people to be able to park as long as they like after 6pm so they can enjoy their meals. Two hours isn’t long enough.”

It is reported that people have been spending £40 on a curry then going outside and having to pay £40 on a parking ticket.

The parking restrictions, which apply to bays along Wilmslow Road and on side roads around Rusholme, were brought in two years ago with the aim of improv- ing traffic flow along Wilmslow Road.

Raynes Park chef picks up Merton award

Shajahan Parambath, of Cocum in Raynes Park has been named Best Curry Chef in the London Borough of Merton. Organised by Merton Council, the competition saw chefs rated on the quality of their food and ability to meet hygiene guidelines.

The winning menu included chicken uluva kootu – a recipe featuring corian- der, chilli and fenugreek – and cabbage and mushroom side dishes. Runners- up in the contest at South Thames College in Morden were Mohammed Nurul Gioni of King Curry, Litu Khan of House of Spice and Kedar Das Arya of Chak 89.

Spice Cube wins regional award

Ram Kumar from The Spice Cube in Newcastle’s The Gate area beat off stiff competition from three of the North East’s top Indian restaurants to become the winner of the Best in North East Curry Final. Taking place at South Tyneside College, the event was organised by South Tyneside Council’s Food Safety Team in order to promote the trade of local Asian restaurants and raise food hygiene standards.

The Spice Cube went head to head with other top chefs in front of a panel of judges that included executive head chef Ian Matfen, who appeared in 2009’s Great British Menu programme, and TTTV presenter, Ian Payne. The other finalists in the competition were Jai Ho, from South Shields, Sunderland’s Take it Home Indian Style and North Tyneside’s Ahar

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Jalf Ali, director of The Spice Cube, says, “Our aim is to bring real Indian food to the North East through dishes that look great, taste fantastic and can be enjoyed by all the family. Hopefully the next generation of learners study- ing hospitality and catering at South Tyneside College will be inspired by today’s event as it just shows how much talent there is in the region.”

The council’s cabinet member for envi- ronmental sustainability and regen- eration, Councillor Andrew Judge, comments We are so lucky to have a number of excellent Indian restaurants in Merton.This is also an opportunity to highlight the importance, not only of good cooking, but also of excellent hygiene standards.”

The local council has said there are no plans to change the restrictions.

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