Huge support for cafe on Bexhill Colonnade

Janet Bussche at Tea By The Sea ENGSUS00120131223145138
Janet Bussche at Tea By The Sea ENGSUS00120131223145138

More than 1,500 people have signed petitions in support of a popular cafe on the Colonnade in Bexhill.

The petition on for Tea By The Sea has 871 signatures so far and around 500 people have signed in store.

Rother District Council gave the cafe a lease until October, 2016, and is planning to remarket the property then.

Owner Janet Busshe believes the council want to have a ‘posh’ restaurant there but thinks her cafe is much better suited to the site.

“It is ludicrous,” she said.

“I understand people like posh restaurants but it would only work in summer.

“A restaurant wouldn’t work because there’s no parking, access is terrible, no street lighting and people only visit when the sun shines.”

Ms Busshe is delighted with all of the support and believes this shows that people want her cafe to stay.

“This is what people want and it should stay,” she said.

“People from as far as Holland have signed and commented saying a quintessentially British cafe should be there.

“They have written such lovely things and when you read the comments it is clear it is what people want.”

A Rother District Council spokesman said: “When a lease comes up for renewal on one of the number of premises we own across the district, it is advertised to ensure we obtain best value for the council and for our taxpayers.

“The current lease on the Colonnade cafe is a short-term, three-year agreement which expires in October, 2016, and Ms Bussche was aware of this when she signed the lease.

“We will be remarketing the property and inviting proposals from potential occupiers in due course, and Ms Bussche will have the chance to put forward proposals to secure a longer term lease, in competition with other interested parties.

“The long-term future of the property will depend on the level of interest we receive in it, and any final decision will be taken by councillors.”

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