Greenwich residents have asked the council to stop takeaway drivers from ‘urinating’ against their homes.

Greenwich Council has received a petition for the authority to ask takeaways on Woolwich Road to reduce their impact on nearby residents.

The petition was sent by residents of Fingal Street in East Greenwich regarding the Papa John’s and Morley’s Chicken stores on Woolwich Road.

The locals claimed that an "enormous" volume of by-products were created from the two restaurants such as half eaten meals being left "strewn on the ground".

They added that the rubbish allegedly attracts various pests and rodents to the area.

The petition said: “We respectfully but vehemently petition the Royal Borough of Greenwich to urgently request from both businesses, the focus of this petition, to adopt a socially responsible behaviour in the neighbourhood where they trade by conducting regular clean outs of their by-product, ceasing to occupy the parking bays indiscriminately, ensuring that their industrial rubbish bins are rolled out on collection days only and immediately placed back in their back store, refrain its delivery drivers from conducting loud and raucous conversations at late hours whilst waiting for deliveries as well as refraining from urinating against residents’ homes.”

The neighbours said residents were often kept awake into the early hours of the morning from the loud conversations of drivers.

Labour Councillor Ann-Marie Cousins, cabinet member for community safety and enforcement for Greenwich Council, said in response that she acknowledged the increased interest in takeaways since the pandemic.

She added: “[Greenwich Council] is limited in being able to enforce against all aspects and is limited in what it can do, especially as drivers are usually self-employed and work for different outlets, therefore enforcement is difficult.

"Resources are also limited, particularly at night when the concerns are most prominent.”

The cabinet member added that the council can explore minimising the issue by taking action against breaches of existing controls, such as restaurants staying open later than permitted and attracting anti-social behaviour as a result.

She said both businesses were noted to be leaving their bins out on days other than collection days during an inspection in November last year and were given a warning.

The council’s business engagement team also claimed to find no evidence of litter from the businesses on the pavement outside during a visit last month.

They added that several motorcycle delivery drivers were present at the time and were acting in a reasonable manner.

The manager for Papa John’s on Woolwich Road told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) that the restaurant currently has no in-house drivers.

He said all deliveries from the takeaway were made using Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Stuart services.

He added that staff didn’t notice what drivers do outside the store but that they had never seen them eating from the restaurant and the area around the premises was always neat and clean.

He added: “I think the problem is not Deliveroo, but the drivers. They are waiting on the weekend until 4am.

"They are waiting for the order and they are just chilling out. There are four or five drivers always staying there. So it’s not a complaint about us, it’s about the outside drivers.”

A Deliveroo spokesperson told the LDRS that the company would continue to work in partnership with residents, customers and the police.

They added that the company would welcome discussions with Greenwich Council on the topic.

They said: “Deliveroo takes its responsibilities in the communities where we operate very seriously and we’re proud to support local restaurant partners by connecting them with customers in the area. We regularly communicate with riders about respecting the neighbourhoods where they work and we are reaching out to restaurant partners in Greenwich to identify opportunities to address these concerns.”

Both restaurants are also listed as being available for delivery from Just Eat.

A Just Eat spokesperson told the LDRS: “At Just Eat, we expect all couriers delivering on our behalf to act respectfully and responsibly at all times.

"If we are ever made aware that a courier delivering on our behalf has acted in a way that does not uphold the high standards we hope to deliver, we investigate and take appropriate action as required.”

They added: “We welcome discussions with Greenwich Council on how Just Eat, other delivery apps and the restaurants can work collaboratively to respond to and tackle residents’ concerns.”

Stuart, Uber Eats and Morley’s Greenwich were approached for comment, but had not responded at the time of publication.