Search

Owners of Olive Tree Café, Collier Row: ‘Parking restrictions will kill our business’

14:34 05 June 2013

Melih and Raz Kopca from the Olive Tree Café (front right) with the 400-signature petition and some of their supporters

Melih and Raz Kopca from the Olive Tree Café (front right) with the 400-signature petition and some of their supporters

Archant

The owners of a Collier Row café say planned double yellow lines opposite their shop could force them out of business.

Melih and Raz Kopca from the Olive Tree CaféMelih and Raz Kopca from the Olive Tree Café

Now Mel and Raz Kopca, who run the Olive Tree Café in Chase Cross Road, have filled a 400-signature petition against the proposals, which they intend to hand to bosses at Havering Town Hall.

Havering Council is considering banning parking over the road from the parade of shops that includes the Olive Tree Café.

Parking is still available immediately outside business like the café, but Mr and Mrs Kopca believe it isn’t enough.

The council says the proposals will help ease congestion and reduce accidents.

But Mr and Mrs Kopca believe this could be done with less impact on their business.

“If they put a red line there, I’ll last another two months and I’ll have to close down,” said Mel, 44, of Havering Road.

“The roads do get congested, it’s true, but the council could come up with other solutions.

“The pavement is very wide at the front of the shops. They could make ‘half and half’ bays across the pavement and the road, so half the cars would be on the pavement and there’d still be room for pedestrians.”

His wife Raz added: “If the council is proposing a red route or double yellow lines, it should be providing parking bays [to replace the lost parking spaces].

“Putting restrictions there is going to give drivers the opportunity to speed because there will be an open, clear road.”

StreetCare boss Cllr Barry Tebbutt said the plans follow “a number of requests from the Metropolitan Police Service, Transport for London, ward councillors and residents following some very serious accidents on that part of the road”.

He added: “The proposals are about ensuring the safety of people using the road, which is our foremost priority, but we’ve always considered local businesses too.

“If implemented, I truly believe businesses wouldn’t be adversely affected due to the ample unrestricted parking available directly outside the shops and the surrounding area.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:11
Concordia Academy

Five new school campuses are planned for Havering, the leader of the council has said.

Yesterday, 15:31
Rita Chadha, from Ramfel

An emergency meeting was held last night by a leading migrant charity to discuss practical help for East London migrants following the European Union vote.

Yesterday, 13:04
Mark Abrahams who has been sentenced to 11 months in jail. Photo: City of London Police

A construction worker is facing a lengthy prison sentence for breaking a colleague’s jaw after a heated argument broke out.

Yesterday, 13:00
Parents outside Parsonage Farm school in Rainham last year opposing expansion plans

Controversial plans to knock down a historic bingo hall and expand a school have been deferred by a council committee last night.

Yesterday, 13:00
The man pictured in Romford on Saturday with a t-shirt which read,

A leading charity has raised “serious concerns” about how hate crimes are tackled in the borough after a number of incidents were brought to light.

Yesterday, 12:43
Sarah Rensch with her son John and daughter Renesmee

“I didn’t know anything. I thought the doctors did the routine checks and that was it, you gave birth to your baby.”

Yesterday, 12:00
Teachers at Broadford Primary School celebrate winning the Community and Collaboration Award at the TES Awards 2016. Photo: Peter Searle

Teachers celebrated a prestigious award win on Friday, last week, following the success of a pupil volunteering programme.

Yesterday, 10:36
Residents gathered in front of the Town Hall last night to protest against plans to build 32 homes on the green off New Zealand Way

Delighted residents celebrated last night after plans to build 32 homes on their “green gem” were refused.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Copyright: Erich Spiegelhalter/Schwarzwald

Embark on a three day round trip (including flights) during which you will taste local specialities such as the famous Black Forest Gateau, discover nature, absorb vibrant city culture, learn about technological innovations, indulge yourself in the plentiful wellness spas, take some shots on the golf course, and enjoy family fun at Germany’s largest theme park.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe