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


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.”


Latest News Stories

Time FM Steve Allen will host the chat with the Recorder's Chris Carter and Laura Burnip

A swan that got police in a flap, term-time holidays and Havering’s mirocpub were the topics covered on today’s Recorder paper review on Time 107.5FM.

Ryan Machin and his mother Michelle Bennett at their home in Romford after Ryan took the last British Airways flight back from Sharm el-Sheikh to London

A 17-year-old who worked in a hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh was one of the last passengers to be repatriated to the UK and calls on people not to be afraid to return to the holiday resort.

A woman was tied up in a burglary

A mother-of-two feared for her life as masked burglars forced their way into the family home and tied her up while her young children played in the living room.

Two fire engines attended a house fire at an address in Park Lane, Hornchurch on Wednesday evening and a man was rushed to hopistal where he was treated for smoke inhalation

A man was rushed to hospital for smoke inhalation after firefighters were called at a flat in Hornchurch on Wednesday evening.

Recorder reporter Hayley Anderson with her national journalism award

Recorder reporter Hayley Anderson was highly commended in a national journalism awards evening in Birmingham last night.

Boys born in Cranham will live healthily for 17 years longer than those in Harold Hill

New statistics show the inequality in expectations for our children

Yesterday, 16:30
Last night's full council meeting saw decisions being made on the release of £83million to build new affordable homes and the expansion of at least five primary schools

Councillors have agreed to release £83million to provide affordable housing in the borough, expand at least five primary schools to ease the shortage of school places and pledged to ensure more work opportunities for adults with autism in last night’s full council meeting.

Yesterday, 14:27
Police were called at 12.58pm in the proximity of the Brewery shopping centre in Romford

Trains stopped going through Romford station after police reported a suspicious vehicle in proximity of The Brewery.

Most read news

News from your area


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


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder