Home   News   Article

Clause outs cat cafe plan for Bury at the last minute

Lease hitch for Catastrophe Cat Cafe
Lease hitch for Catastrophe Cat Cafe

A plan to open a crowd funded cat cafe next month has stalled thanks to an unexpected historic clause in the lease.

Gemma Whitehouse, from Elmswell, and Lauren Moyes, from Stowmarket, had hoped to open Catastrophe in St John’s Street in May in premises between Milpets and the old Casa del Mar site.

But Gemma said the owner of the property discovered a clause in the lease that stated that because there had been a slaughterhouse on the site it was not to be used for animals.

“At the last minute she hopped up and said ‘look at this’,” Gemma said. “We were about to sign the lease.

“We’re hoping to find something else – we’re talking to the council all the time and we’re calling all the agents.

“The thing is, we turned down three other properties because we thought we had this one and now they’ve all gone.”

The social enterprise has raised more than £2,000 through crowd funding and supporters were invited to the opening night.

Their aim is to provide a ‘safe and loving’ environment for about a dozen rescued cats which customers, who can choose quirky items like moggie mochas and Siamese sandwiches, can make a fuss of or just watch playing on obstacles built for them.

But Gemma says they will also to offer ‘pet therapy’ to people with dementia and disabilities.

Gemma said: “We’ve got agreements with the FitzRoy autism charity and Care UK. Others aren’t set in stone yet.”

The pair had applied to Bury St Edmunds Town Council for a £10,272 start-up grant but were turned down.

Catastrophe’s website is http://catastrophecatcafe.co.uk and it can be contacted at info@catastrophecatcafe.co.uk


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More