Chicken shop denied planning permission in Welsh town

Food truck entrepreneurs behind x-rated fried chicken shop are BANNED from Welsh town centre – but council insists its because they would only open at night NOT their racy logo

  • Dirty Bird Fried Chicken company applied for permission to open new takeaway
  • Street food vendor’s logo includes a phallic symbol dressed as a bird and crass phrases like ‘lick my thigh’ on posters’
  • But Newport City Council threw out the application after several objections
  • Neighbours said they feared parking chaos, noise and antisocial behaviour

Plans for a fried chicken shop with a very cheeky sign have been thrown out by a council.

The Dirty Bird Fried Chicken company runs as a street food vendor with a phallic symbol made to look like a bird.

Their menu includes a ‘Gang Bang Box’ meal of chicken, halloumi, fries and a delicious blue cheese sauce.

The company also has crass posters bearing phrases like ‘lick my thigh’, ‘touch my breast’ and ‘eat c**k’.

Plans for a fried chicken shop with a cheeky sign have been thrown out by a council – leaving the owners clucking mad

The Dirty Bird Fried Chicken company runs as a street food vendor with a phallic symbol dressed to look like a bird

Owners Neil Young and his partner Lara Payne usually tour festivals with their van – but wanted to open their first store in a boarded-up shop in his hometown of Newport, South Wales.

But planners at the city council have refused the application despite its offer to bring new jobs to the area.

Several objections were made by councillors and neighbours including claims the shop would lead to antisocial behaviour, parking chaos, and kill off other takeaway shops nearby. 

Neil said: ‘There were about 20 pages of different reasons for refusal.


Owners Neil Young and his partner Lara Payne usually tour festivals with their van – but wanted to open their first store in a boarded-up shop in his hometown of Newport, South Wales

But planners at the city council have refused the application for them to change from being a street vendor to an established takeaway shop in Newport city centre

‘They weren’t happy about us not being open during the day. We’d hoped to open from 5pm to 10 or 11pm – people don’t really eat fried chicken during the day.

‘The refusal said there were concerns about people hanging around, even though that’s not the kind of customers we attract.’

However it doesn’t appear that there were any objections to the rude signage which is also emblazoned on the brand’s takeaway boxes. 

Newport City Council said the number of shop units closed during the day would have a ‘significant adverse impact to the viability and vitality of the district centre.’

Neil now says he has ‘lost hope’ for a project in the city and will now look at setting up shop in nearby Cardiff.

He said: ‘I searched for a premises there for months, and this one was perfect. It was a lovely double-fronted shop.


The company has crass posters bearing phrases like ‘lick my thigh’, ‘touch my breast’ and ‘eat c**k’

‘I’ve spent money getting planning consultants, architects in, we did a lovely presentation. And then it was turned down.

‘I’m Newport born and bred, and I wanted to bring something new there.

‘The long and short of it is that a Newport boy has now got to take his business to Cardiff, which is a shame. It would have been a lovely new shop front rather than a boarded up betting shop.’

A Newport City Council spokesperson said: ‘An application was submitted for the Malpas Road district shopping centre in Shaftesbury where there are already a number of takeaway outlets.

‘The proposed use would only open in the evenings and, after weighing the regeneration benefits against the adverse impact on the retailing role of the district centre, the decision was taken to refuse permission.

‘We offered to help the business find suitable premises in January this year and would still be willing to do that as we are sure there are locations for a food outlet such as this.’

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