Trader uproar over street café table plan

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A CAFÉ on the corner of Angel Hill and Abbeygate Street in Bury St Edmunds has been given licensing permission for outside tables and chairs, despite objections from neighbouring traders.

Andreas Bonney, from Really Rather Good, already has permission for four tables on Angel Hill.

He had applied to increase that to up to seven tables in the summer plus three tables on Abbeygate Street.

But Geoff Styche, who owns fashion shop Olivia Benn on Angel Hill, said it would create a ‘major obstruction’.

“More importantly from my business perspective, the additional tables will create a severe barrier to my shop entrance, both for regular customers and disabled,” he added.

Richard Bird, from the Street Level café in Abbeygate Street, said it would set a ‘negative precedent’, would take over ‘a sizeable chunk of Angel Hill and is a case of overkill’.

And ward member Cllr Paul Farmer said ‘rows’ of tables and chairs, on Angel Hill was ‘not appropriate’.

However, Mark Cordell, chief executive of business group, backed the application.

St Edmundsbury borough councillors agreed to the scheme with amendments on Monday.

No extra tables will be allowed on Angel Hill, while three in Abbeygate Street will be allowed but will have to be pushed up against the wall, only allowing a total of eight seats.