A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
What's with the councils' crack down on small businesses on Myddlton Road who have a few chairs and tables out so their clients can enjoy the sun? Are they not there to promote and support local businesses rather than penalise them?
Imposing a fine or the threat of a fine when all they are doing, in the main, is improving the vibe of the street, increasing footfall and slowly turning it into a destination of choice.
This is a simply a low grade money making exercise as there is no extra cost to the council.
Come on Haringey. Get your act together and support these local businesses.
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Check the Land Registry for the boundaries of your property. Some of the original buildings on Myddleton Rd had front gardens included in the boundary. In more enlightened parts of Town, these boundaries are discreetly marked with metal studs on the pavement.
A group of us at The Prince pub (by the Obelisk) have been lobbying local Councillors to investigate this since March after the pub was fined for putting furniture on the green and outside the pub itself. The leaseholders are more than willing to apply for a street trading licence for outside tables and chairs with a reasonable fee. The issue here is that Haringey's street trading licence fees are both prohibitive and out of line with other London Boroughs. ln fact, they are so disproportionate, we believe there must be some mistake:
Eight different London Boroughs (including Camden, Islington, Westminster and K&C) were compared with Haringey to show the extreme difference between the cost to have tables and chairs outside in Haringey versus other London Boroughs. No other London Borough researched charges by the week per square metre. Haringey charges are almost seven times the next most expensive Borough for having two tables and four barrels and more than eleven times more expensive if three tables are used on the Obelisk Green. We're about to escalate this further given the lack of response. Problem is, whilst we can elect & deselect politicians, the Council bureaucracy and its parsimonious mind-set remains in situ
Here's the original letter to local Councillors dated 25/03/19 detailing our findings and grievances. The stats (diligently compiled by Emma Killick) make for startling reading
Did the councillors respond to this excellent letter? The Haringey charges are astonishing!
Like Trish. Would be great to know of their response. Fantastic letter.
Thanks Richard for raising awareness of our plight!
To give an indication of these unfair charges, if indeed they are actually due to be paid,
and not on private forecourts for retailers and business owners in our area,
I have compiled the following illustration;
Annual licence fee £75
2 tables and 8 chairs would take up approximately 8 square metres
The fee would be £15 per square metre per week, hence fee would be £120 weekly
Annual cost to business = £6315
The appropriate thing for the council to do is abolish the weekly amount and simply charge a £75 licence fee
to cover their administration costs only.
They should not be allowed to profit from businesses!
Business rates cover income to the council from businesses.
In our street I have never once seen a street cleaner sweep around such items, so what are they charging for?
Its pure profiteering at the expense of small businesses, which this present government vowed to help in their manifesto!
If anyone's got access to the Twittersphere and can highlight this t'Council, that would be helpful. The whip-hand of publicity!