A couple hoping to start a kebab van business say the council rejected them because of stigma.
Mohammed and Iffat Yasin were stopped from opening 'Spicy Doner' in Moorbridge Road, Maidenhead, when police and business leaders intervened saying it would attract trouble and traffic.
But the couple, who want to launch a business because of the poor job market, say these accusations are without foundation.
Mrs Yasin, 39, said: "There seems to be excuses for the sake of excuses. They don't have one in Maidenhead so they don't want one in Maidenhead.
"There is a stigma attached to businesses like this."
The council rejected the original application in January.
Mr and Mrs Yasin, who live in Farnham Road, Slough, have since appealed and will appear before the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's licensing panel at Maidenhead Town Hall, St Ives Road, on Tuesday, August 21 at 6pm.
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