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Cafe owner's year long battle over tables and chairs

May 29, 2012 12:26 PM

Cafe owner, Rosemarie Coutts has been battling with the county council for 12 months to get three tables and six chairs on the pavement outside her business.

Rosemarie, who launched Chapter 2 Cafe Patisserie in Hills Road 18 months ago, applied for permission to extend seating for her business onto the street.

But despite neighbouring businesses just a few hundred yards away on each side of the road having permission for outside seating, Rosemarie couldn't get Cambridgeshire County Council to make a decision.

Finally she turned for help to Liberal Democrat Councillor, Caroline Shepherd who represents Trumpington on the county council.

Cllr Shepherd took up the fight and now Rosemarie has been told the relevant permission will be in place by Friday (June 1).

Scottish-born Rosemarie said: "I am delighted and I can't thank Caroline enough. I had been calling and calling the council but nothing was happening. I had gone through the proper channels but just couldn't get a decision.

"I have the biggest business frontage and the widest pavement and I couldn't see why other businesses could have customers sitting outside but I couldn't."

Cllr Shepherd said: "This whole episode made absolutely no sense. Here we have a new business doing well and looking to expand its seating and the county council keeps Rosemarie waiting for a year for a simple decision.

"How can we expect businesses to flourish if we don't give them help to do so? I am delighted Rosemarie has been promised the permission she needs to go forward and I hope the county council makes sure it sticks to that promise."